Equality California is considering putting a repeal of Proposition 8 on the 2012 ballot in California.
What do you think? Is this a good idea? What would be the likely outcome? Comment below!
If you feel strongly about your conviction, feel free to take Equality California’s Prop 8 survey.
Wow…I am glad to hear that those who combat equality suffer for their prejudices.
From the Associated Press:
The Mormon church’s vigorous support for the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage last year has turned the Utah-based faith into a lightning rod for gay rights activism.
A nationwide “kiss-in” Saturday comes after gay couples in Salt Lake City, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas were arrested and cited for tresspassing or harrassed by police for publicly kissing.
In Utah, the July 9 trespassing incident occurred after a couple were observed by security guards on a downtown plaza owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The court case was dismissed, but the kiss sparked a community backlash and criticism of the church.
Church observers say the church’s intervention into California politics has left the faith’s image tarnished.
From Equality California:
California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a brief in support of the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8 and restore marriage equality to California. In response, Equality California (EQCA) Executive Director Geoff Kors released the following statement:
“In stark contrast to President Obama’s Justice Department filing a brief defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, California’s Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a brief in support of a federal challenge to Proposition 8. EqualityCalifornia is extremely appreciative of the Attorney General’s continued leadership in opposition to Proposition 8 and in support of ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.
Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to file his brief soon. We urge him to take the same principled stance and tell the Court that Prop. 8 violates the Constitution.
“The time has come for all elected leaders to follow Jerry Brown’s example and stand up for equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality California will continue our position of not endorsing or supporting any candidate for any level of public office who does not completely and unequivocally support total equality for our community.”
Overturn Prop H8
On the campaign trial, President Obama stated, “We need to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” However, his administration filed a brief in a California federal court this week that defends the Defense of Marriage Act and calls it a “valid exercise of Congress’ power” that is saving taxpayers money.
In response, the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, the National Gay and Lesbian Task force, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and the American Civil Liberties Union released a join statement that included the following:
We are very surprised and deeply disappointed in the manner in which the Obama administration has defended the so-called Defense of Marriage Act… The administration is using many of the same flawed legal arguments that the Bush administration used. These arguments rightly have been rejected by several state supreme courts as legally unsound and obviously discriminatory.
We are also extremely disturbed by a new and nonsensical argument the administration has advanced suggesting that the federal government needs to be “neutral” with regard to its treatment of married same-sex couples in order to ensure that federal tax money collected from across the country not be used to assist same-sex couples duly married by their home states. There is nothing “neutral” about the federal government’s discriminatory denial of fair treatment to married same-sex couples: DOMA wrongly bars the federal government from providing any of the over one thousand federal protections to the many thousands of couples who marry in six states.
To read the press release in its entirety, click here.