Judge refuses to dismiss gay marriage ban lawsuit

What is the harm to the procreation purpose you outlined of allowing same-sex couples to get married?

This is a remarkable article containing what is tantamount to an admission in open court that Prop 8 supporters do not believe their own rhetoric, in fact do not even understand it well enough to be able to analyze it and anticipate challenges.

You know, the sort of thing they teach the first day in debate class or rhetoric class in high school.

Either that, or no savvy lawyers are willing and available to represent their case.

The quotes from Any Pugno at the end, a Prop 8 supporter are  pugnacious an repugnant. As you read them, substitute “slavery” for “same sex marriage” and see if his thoughts make any sense at all.

October 14, 2009

By LISA LEFF

Associated Press Writer

A federal judge challenged the backers of California’s voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday to explain how allowing gay couples to wed threatens conventional unions, a demand that prompted their lawyer to acknowledge he did not know.

The unusual exchange between U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker and Charles Cooper, a lawyer for the group that sponsored Proposition 8, came during a hearing on a lawsuit challenging the measure as discriminatory under the U.S. Constitution.

Cooper had asked Walker to throw out the suit or make it more difficult for those civil rights claims to prevail.

The judge not only refused but signaled that when the case goes to trial in January, he expects Cooper and his legal team to present evidence showing that male-female marriages would be undermined if same-sex marriages were legal.

The question is relevant to the assertion by gay marriage opponents that Proposition 8 is constitutionally valid because it furthers the state’s goal of fostering “naturally procreative relationships,” Walker explained.

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Captain Lou Albano Dies at 76

Captain Lou, Captain Lou …

Early Professional Wrestling Icon Captain Lou Albano

Early Professional Wrestling Icon Captain Lou Albano

Captain Lou Albano, a former professional wrestler and actor (though never a sea captain), recently passed away at the age of 76 of natural causes. In the wake of his death, searches surged on the man and his unique body of work.

Still, despite his accomplishments in the wrestling world and his portrayal of video games’ biggest stars, the masses are likely to remember Albano for his work with Cyndi Lauper.

via The Buzz Log – Captain Lou Albano Dies at 76 – Yahoo! Buzz.

Captain Lou Albano!

The Man, the Song – Lyrics by NRBQ:

Captain Lou
Well, some say the man’s not wrapped too tight
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou, Captain Lou)
But when he’s on the scene, everything’s all right
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano)
With the man of a thousand faces
I know we’d be goin’ places (hey!)
I’m gonna stick with the guiding light
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano)

Lou don’t worry ‘cause it’s figured in
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou, Captain Lou)
And he’s got sharp teeth like Rin Tin Tin
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano)
With the man of a thousand faces
I know we’d be goin’ places (hey!)
We’ll stick with the light through thick and thin
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano)

Captain Lou:
Captain Lou, Captain Lou, Captain Lou
Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano
hey!
Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano

With the man of a thousand faces
I know we’d be goin’ places (hey!)
I’m gonna stick with the guiding light
(Captain Lou, Captain Lou Albano)

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Prescribed Burning Begins in the Giant Sequoia National Monument

For Immediate Release

Prescribed Burning Begins in the Giant Sequoia National Monument

converse_south_thumbnailSPRINGVILLE, CA – Sequoia National Forest personnel are starting their fall prescribed burning in the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument
this week. With the recent storm in the area, weather and smoke conditions are predicted to be favorable for burning and fire crews are available to conduct the burns. As weather conditions and smoke dispersal allows, burning will continue through April of 2010.

Four areas are targeted to burn near the White River Summer Home Tract, and the communities of Camp Nelson, Ponderosa, and Sugarloaf. There are several hundred acres of piles of small trees, brush, and limbs that were created from community wildfire protection projects. The projects will result in reduced risk of
wildfire, helping protect the adjacent communities.

When the burning is completed, the piles themselves may not be entirely consumed in the fire. … Read the rest

Schwarzenegger signs gay rights bill SB 54 now law

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two gay rights bills, one honoring late activist Harvey Milk and another recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

In the last of hundreds of bill actions taken before midnight Sunday, Schwarzenegger approved the two bills by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.

The governor last year vetoed the measure declaring May 22 a state day of recognition for Milk, suggesting that the former San Francisco supervisor be honored locally. But he subsequently named him to the California Hall of Fame.

Leno’s SB 54, meanwhile, requires California to recognize marriages performed in other states where same sex marriage is legal.

In a signing message, Schwarzenegger said California will not recognize the couples as married but will “provide the same legal protections that would otherwise be available to couples that enter into civil unions or domestic partnerships out-of-state. In short, this measure honors the will of the People in enacting Proposition 8 while providing important protections to those unions legally entered into in other states.”

via Schwarzenegger signs gay rights bills – Latest News – sacbee.com.… Read the rest

Quotes from the National Equality March

n524467323_9875Nature vs. Nurture:

The origin of bigotry should be the focus of a nature vs. nurture debate.
Kim Coco Iwamoto, Hawaii State Board of Education

On the Nature of Justice:

No one should be patient when it comes to their Human Rights. Justice delayed is Justice denied. Justice is Indivisible – you can not be for Justice for some and not for all. Today we call on all people to look into their heart and tell us why we should not be equal.

Stewart Applebaum – gay leader of Retail, Wholesale Workers Union, President of Jewish Labor Committee

On the nature of equality:

Equality is about having all our basic needs met.

Penelope Williams – bisexual activist

On the nature of oppression:

When you feel oppressed and beat down, you don’t feel nothing, you don’t give a damn.

Much more after the jump…

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Porterville this is aimed right at you!

Local Tulare County Professor Professor Robin McGehee is co-Director of the event, streaming now. Porterville City Council, watch what you have wrought!

RT @unitethefight: Coverage of National Equality March has started on C-SPAN!! http://ow.ly/tPlt #NEM

C-SPAN offers gavel to gavel coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives. C-SPAN also offers a variety of public affairs programming including congressional hearings, press briefings from the White House, State Department and Pentagon, campaign and election coverage, and international programming.
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Top Judge Calls Calif. Government ‘Dysfunctional’

Chief Justice George said, “Chickens gained valuable rights in California on the same day that gay men and lesbians lost them.”

Beyond budget matters, Justice George, a Republican appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1991, was critical of a 2008 voter initiative that ended same-sex marriage in California. In May 2008 the Supreme Court struck down the state’s statutes limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, with an opinion written by Justice George citing a 1948 decision that reversed the state’s interracial marriages ban. But in the November elections that year, a ballot measure known as Proposition 8 amended the constitution to override the court.

Citing a successful ballot initiative that same Election Day that regulated the confinement of fowl in coops, Justice George said, “Chickens gained valuable rights in California on the same day that gay men and lesbians lost them.” He added, “The court over which I preside frequently is called upon to resolve legal challenges to voter initiatives. Needless to say, we incur the displeasure of the voting public when, in the course of performing our constitutional duties as judges, we are compelled to invalidate such a measure.”

via Top Judge Calls Calif. Government ‘Dysfunctional’ – NYTimes.com.

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Rep. Joe Sestak: The Civil Rights Test of Our Generation

In response to this, a Christian friend, and police officer, suggested privately to me that it was wrong of me to equate the fight for equality with the Civil Rights Era of the 50s and 60s,  and especially wrong to invoke the plight of Selma Alabama when examining the recent history of Porterville California and its possible future. He didn’t really offer a good reason, or in fact any reason at all why not, although the conversation is still ongoing and I am hopeful he explains his thoughts more completely.

Home | Joe Sestak for Senate_1255152666708Tonight though, I find this post from US Representative Joe Sestak, (D-Pennsyvania), former 3 Star navy Admiral and currently  US Senate Candidate:

When we think of the civil rights movement, we tend to think of grainy footage of marches and speeches, Selma, Ala., and the National Mall.

But our generation, too, is a part of that movement and has a critical role to play. It has been a long journey for our country, but we are now close to finally realizing our founders’ vision of a society where all are created equal and endowed with the same inalienable rights.

I cannot imagine denying equal rights to anyone I served with. How can anyone say, we fought and served together, we depended on one another, we risked our lives for this country, but back home you shouldn’t enjoy the rights that you defended?

He continues with fantastic news:  Rep. Joe Sestak: The Civil Rights Test of Our Generation, after the jump:… Read the rest

Porterville Council’s Hate Vote Sparks a National Movement

We urge the Porterville California City Council to reverse its explicit and implicit rejection of its rights-affirming 2001 Resolution in the Wake of the Patriot Act. Your September 2008 Resolution asking constituents to vote to remove existing rights from a minority of people has and is damaging the City’s valuable reputation, and has sparked a movement that has become national in scope.

n524467323_9875This weekend is the National Equality March  in Washington, DC – in support of the right of everyone to have equal protection under the laws. All relevant laws, particularly those laws related to marriage, military service, and health care are targeted.

Organized in a scant few months, and bringing the promise of more to come, this March has its roots right here in rural Tulare County, California and Porterville in particular.… Read the rest

Three Rivers filmmaker debuts ‘Yesterday’s Dreams’ at Visalia Fox Theatre | visaliatimesdelta.com | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register

Hmm. Local filmmaker, and according to IMDB, Executive Producer on his nex project…I think Kevin Foster is going to meet the Nerd on Saturday….

Having a conversation with Kevin Foster is an interesting experience.

Actually, “conversation” isn’t exactly the word that comes to mind when talking to the Three Rivers filmmaker and actor, who will debut his film “Yesterday’s Dream” Saturday at the Visalia Fox Theatre.

That’s because conversation usually denotes a two-way experience. When Foster gets going about his movie, it’s definitely a monologue, which isn’t a bad thing because he’s so darn entertaining.

When you consider Foster estimates he put $1 million of his own money into the project, you understand why he’s so passionate about the film, a loosely autobiographical tale about a devoutly religious 40-year-old single man named Harvey who finds romance with his town’s new librarian (Christie Lynn Smith). Foster wrote, produced and starred in the film.via Three Rivers filmmaker debuts ‘Yesterday’s Dreams’ at Visalia Fox Theatre | visaliatimesdelta.com | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register.

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‘Whatever’ – Why Anti-SSM Hateful Actions, are , Well, Hateful and Hated

“It doesn’t surprise me because ‘whatever’ is in a special class, probably,” said Michael Adams, author of “Slang: The People’s Poetry” and an associate professor of English at Indiana University. “It’s a word that — and it depends how a speaker uses it — can suggest dismissiveness.”

via ‘Whatever’ so totally tops most annoying word poll – Yahoo! News.

This story clearly shows that words with a dismissive tone and nuance do not go unnoticed by listeners and observers.

Dismissiveness is the primary rhetorical technique used at high levels of anti-rights campaigns such as California’s and now Maine’s referenda on Same Sex Marriage.

So is possibly-feigned ignorance of science or any sort of rational thinking.

Combine all that with advocacy for separatism bordering on apartheid, not even pretending to rise to the level of “separate but equal” that was tossed out as a prevailing legislative principal by the Supreme Court in 1954, before most of us were even born, and you have the recipe for a stirring rendition of hate to be expressed as part of  God’s Greater Glory every Sunday in Churches across the country.… Read the rest