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California Assembly Committee Passes Resolution Opposing Prop 8

Yesterday, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a resolution on Proposition 8, calling the measure an improper revision to the state constitution:

Ammiano"Today the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed House Resolution 5 (Ammiano, D-San Francisco) by a vote of 7 to 3, which resolves that the Assembly opposes the implementation of Prop 8. H.R. 5 states that Prop 8 is an improper revision of the California Constitution. 'I am proud of my colleagues and their unequivocal support of equal treatment for all Californians. This resolution speaks directly to the fundamental rights of same-sex couples to have equal protection under the Constitution, rights that cannot be taken away by popular vote. I am confident that the Assembly will support the repeal of Proposition 8 and confirm the basic rights of all Californians,' said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), author of HR 5."

A similar resolution, authored by Mark Leno, has been introduced in California's senate. The Supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of Proposition 8 on March 5.

California Lawmakers to Introduce Resolutions to Repeal Prop 8

A press conference is being held at this hour to announce the introduction of resolutions to repeal Proposition 8 in the California legislature.

Ammiano_lenoFrom Equality California:

"On the second day of the new 2009-10 legislative session, lawmakers in both the Senate and Assembly will introduce resolutions that support the repeal of Proposition 8. Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will introduce measures specify that Prop 8 is an improper revision of the California Constitution. Significant revisions to the Constitution mandate distinct procedures and require a two-thirds vote of each house of the Legislature before going to voters. Both resolutions are sponsored by Equality California and were drafted by EQCA and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, plaintiff and lead counsel, respectively, in the marriage case brought before the California Supreme Court.... Leno’s Senate Resolution 7 and Ammiano’s Assembly Resolution (number to be assigned) specify that significant revisions to the Constitution mandate distinct procedures and require a two-thirds vote of each house of the Legislature before going to voters. The resolutions are co-authored by Sen. Christine Kehoe and Assemblymember John A. Perez, both members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus, and Senate Pro Tem Speaker Darrell Steinberg."

SF Politicos Recognize Boycott of Human Rights Campaign Dinner


San Francisco Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Bevan Dufty are among those local politicians supporting a boycott and protest of the Human Rights Campaign dinner in that city next month, over the organization's failure to support a trans-inclusive employment non-discrimination bill (ENDA) last year. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "The city's two LGBT Democratic clubs support the boycott, as does the San Francisco Labor Council. Assemblyman Mark Leno and state Sen. Carole Migden, both of San Francisco, also are not attending the event."

TranspicketIt's a scene that has played out in New York (pictured) and other cities.

The paper reports: "On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Bevan Dufty introduced a resolution at City Hall calling for a bill that includes transgender people and recognizing the boycott. 'The Human Rights Campaign should not be human rights cowards,' Ammiano said at a news conference at the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. He said the organization seems uneasy with transgender issues. Dufty said he will skip the fundraising dinner for the first time in 23 years and instead will make dinner at his home for people protesting outside the event."

Matt Foreman, former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will be among those protesting outside the event. Said Foreman: "What is going on here is an emperor-has-no-clothes moment. We still don't have one single federal law that protects gay people, let alone transgender people."

HRC defend its actions in a statement from President Joe Solmonese: "HRC's position is that we could not oppose - and, in fact, should support - legislation to provide crucial civil rights protections that would be brought to the House floor for a vote, even though we did not and, certainly, would not have chosen that course...At a time when our community is threatened, once again, with a cynical election-year ploy that could hurt our families, we believe that it's time to set aside our differences and fight for what we all want."

The HRC dinner, which will benefit marriage equality (the organization has already made an initial pledge of $500,000 to the Equality for All marriage coalition), takes place on July 26th at the Westin St. Francis hotel.

Activists to boycott gay-rights group dinner [sf chronicle]

Gay San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano to Join Milk Film

Gus van Sant has offered SF Supervisor Tom Ammiano the opportunity to play himself in the new Milk film, according to the Bay Area Reporter:

Ammiano"Ammiano, who was friends with Milk during the 1970s, said he did not know what scenes he would appear in during the film. Back in 1975 Ammiano became the first gay public school teacher in San Francisco to come out. That year, the Board of Education voted against including sexual orientation in the school district's non-discrimination policies. One year later the board reversed its decision, and in 1977, Ammiano helped lead the successful campaign against the Briggs initiative, which would have prevented gays and lesbians from teaching in California's public schools. Ammiano speculated his role in the film likely has something to do with his working with Milk to defeat the anti-gay measure."

Said Ammiano, who is now 66: "When Briggs was around, I was a gay teacher and got to ask him some questions. Gus Van Sant said he would like me to be in the movie. I thought it was quite an honor. To me, it is a very gracious gesture."

Yesterday, I posted about the Castro district's upcoming journey back to the 70's, as the film begins shooting there later this month.

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