Questions for Cameron Hamilton on the Brian Ward Pro-Prop 8 Resolution He Voted For

Today on facebook I posted a series of questions to Cameron Hamilton, one of two driving forces behind the anti-gay and only in Porterville Council Resolution in favor of Prop 8. Hamilton is up for re-election tomorrow, and ducked my taking him up on his offer to answer my questions “any time any place” when I took him up on it and tried to arrange a time and a very public place.

Today, he appeared again on the local newspaper’s facebook page where there has been plenty of heated discussion about his record and which candidates would serve us best.

He answered a few questions, cryptically to be generous, regarding his positions, and denied ducking me.

So I decided to put up a series of dirt simple questions that would take 5 minutes for him to answer and from which his true position and reasoning could be inferred with little room for error.

The issi is not just Prop 8, but the damage to local economic development that has resulted from his vote in 2008, and why his 2008 vote contrasted to a 2003 Patriot Act Resoltuion that he also voted for that urged Council and others to protect against the attempts of government to restrict or remove rights from citizens.

Note that up until this time, he has never publicly acknowledged that there were rights that Prop 8 took away, or undertaken any kind of comprehensive explanation for his behavior.

Below are the questions::

‎1 – Do you agree you voted in 2003 to have Council stand against government intrusions on the rights of all citizens?

Yes or No?

2 – Do you agree that the US Supreme Court has indicated that the right to marry is a fundamental right in more than 14 cases over more that 100 years?

Yes or No?

3 – Do you agree that on the day before the Prop 8 Election, Californians had the right to marry anyone of any gender?

Yes or No?

4 – Do you agree that after Prop 8, the 4th Branch of Government in California took that right away?

Yes or No?

5 – Do you agree that Council supporting a branch of government taking a right away is counter to the 2003 Resolution that you supported standing up against exactly that?

Yes or No?

6 – Do you agree that in 2008 you voted for a Resolution that Brian Ward introduced that was opposite in spirit and intent to the Resolution that you voted for in 2003, that by its very words urges the 4th Branch to remove Rights that were then held by every Californian eligible to marry?

Yes or No?

7 – So sometime between 2003 and 2008, when you voted on each of these Resolutions, your position on whether Government should intrude on removing rights changed, from being squarely against it in 2003 to actually urging it in 2008?

Yes or No?

8 – To this very day, on including on this very facebook page, you have stood up and defended the 2008 vote to remove rights as right and proper, and not said a word about the rightness or properness of your 2003 vote to defend the rights of the people against government intrusion. Correct?

Yes or No?

9 – No other Council in all of California has voted as ours did in 2008?

Yes or No?

10 – You argue, by disputing my claims, that companies are interested in the environment in which their employees work?

Yes or No?

11 – You argue that companies have an interest in choosing local governments to work with that support the rights of their employees, and their employees families, in making decisions about where to locate?

Yes or No?

12 – You argue that because companies don’t care about about whether or not local governments care about the working conditions of their employees or their families, that Porterville’s Council standing against the rights of at least some of them is of no interest to them at all?

Yes or No?

13 – Yet you advocate that when it comes to Economic Development, it is important that Porterville can and has distinguished itself form our competition in some ways that you haven’t listed at all, but that regardless of what those ways might be, respect for the rights of employees from the local government, with whom the companies will have, in effect, a long term partnership, is not important to companies?

Yes or No?

14 – Essay question, please write at least 150 words: Explain why, in 2003 I cared about the government intrusion into the rights of Citizens, but in 2008 my view had changed and I was eager to use the power of my office to urge another branch of government to remove rights from Citizens.

Posted in Porterville City Council, Same Sex Marriage Rights.