Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Official Supreme Court Case Filings on Prop 8

High Court Denies Requests to Stay Enforcement of
Proposition 8 and Agrees to Decide Issues
Arising Out of Proposition 8

Here is the Official Filings for the California Supreme Court on Prop 8.

This is complicated politics and this is simple politics. The argument against Prop 8 seems to be that it is a Constitutional Revision instead of a Constitutional Amendment, and has not gone through the proper channels that a Constitutional Revision must go through in order to be enacted.

So far from what I have read, the simple politics is that in 2008 the California Supreme Court struck down a law called "Family Code 300" and "Family Code 308.5" because it violated the California Constitution's "Equal Protection Clause" and the right to marry. This led to the striking of Family Code 308.5 from the California Constitution all together in June of 2008. The High Court found that Family Code 300 was sexual orientation discrimination and that sexual orientation is a suspect classification, which is basically affirming it as a minority.

Here is the ruling in that Case. Apparently, the High Court went back and asked the question "what is marriage?" In order to answer that question, they determined what the aims of marriage where. The aims of marriage were for two adults to love each other in a relationship, establish an officially sanctioned family, and if they so desired, to raise children within that family. The High Court ruled that being of opposite sexes is not a necessary prerequisite for those conditions, that two adults of the same sex are capable of forming a loving relationship and raising children. Therefore, Family Code 308.5 was a hindrance to their ability to do so successfully as residents of the State of California.

Now, Prop 8 adds a provision to the California Constitution that is identical to former Family Code 308.5 stating "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California." Essentially, the voters are trying to reverse a decision that the Supreme Court ruled on.

What it means to strike something from the Constitution or rule something "Unconstitutional" is to say that "it never should have been there in the first place." The fact that Family Code 308.5 was on the books means that it was interfering with the Constitution, and in 2008 High Court finally affirmed that it was and had it stricken from the books.

Now essentially what Prop 8 wants to do is put it back on the books. BUT here's the deal. If Prop 8 is put on the books, the Constitution will not work because not everyone will have the same equal right's that the Constitution guarantees them. That's why the original law was struck down. You cannot put a law on the books that makes the Constitution not work, so, since Prop 8 passed and now has to go on the books, the Constitution would have to be REVISED in order for Prop 8 to work. Therefore, Prop 8 is a REVISION to the California Constitution.

A REVISION to the Constitution cannot be passed by popular vote, it needs a 2/3 majority vote in the California Legislation. Prop 8 did not go through the proper legislative process, therefore it cannot be added to the books, and must be ruled "Unconstitutional" because it would make the Constitution as a document ineffective.

Now, to pass Prop 8 the legal way, it would have to be submitted as a Bill to the California Legislature and they would have to vote on it with a 2/3 majority, and then it could be submitted to the people for passage or non-passage. Prop 8 did not follow this route, therefore it should be deemed Unconstitutional now, be rewritten as a bill by whoever cares enough about it to rewrite it and resubmitted through the Legislature for approval or disapproval.

Do you see now? So to anyone who says "the People have spoken," no, the Mob has spoken. American is not run by Mob Rule, which is what pure Democracy is.

Fremont Muslim Church told Members to Vote Yes on Prop 8

Sam Saleh, a store owner who is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, said that the prayer leader at his mosque had told members to vote yes on Prop. 8 during the Friday sermon.

Now do people believe that this was a setup? Churches are not allowed to get involved in politics. That is was "Separation of Church and State" means. However, flat out telling people to vote a certain way is the definition of church interfering with legislation. Churches tell their members to jump, and millions ask blindly "how high?" Thank you to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-- the only organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- for speaking at the Impact Rally on Saturday against bigotry in the name of God, and being one of the brave few religious institutions to stand up for Equality.

Here is an updated list of Protests around the nation.

Thursday, Nov 20th

Concord, CA
Candle Light Vigil Against Prop. 8 And For Equality
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Downtown Concord, CA. Intersection of Concord Ave. and Salvio St. next to the Concord 14 Brenden Theatres. This is the point where Concord Ave. turns into Galindo St.

Santa Monica, CA
7:00pm - 11:00pm
3rd Street Promenade

Friday, Nov. 21st

San Francisco, CA
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: In Front of the Ferry Building
4 Embarcadero Center

Front Steps of Burlingame High School
Street: 1 Mangini Way
City/Town: Burlingame, CA

Saturday, Nov. 22nd

Sacramento, CA
California State Capitol Building
California State Capital Building
10th Street and Capitol Mall
Saturday, 2PM

Evanston, IL
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Century 21 Theater
1715 Maple Street near the" Davis" Purple Line Stop

Pasadena, CA
Old Town Pasadena, 5:30PM
Colorado Blvd/Fair Oaks Blvd.

Oceanside, CA
Oceanside City Hall (330 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside 92054)
Saturday November 22, @ 5:30 the Gathering
6:00 the March (Down to the Pier and bring your own candle.

Orange, CA
Candlelight Vigil to Repeal Prop 8
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Orange Circle, Intersection of Glassel and Chapman, Orange, CA

Sunday, Nov. 23rd

East Los Angeles, CA
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Mormon Temple
10777 Santa Monica Blvd

Cambridge, Massachusetts
2pm Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA. 02139

Friday, Nov 28th

Mission Viejo, CA
10:00am - 1:00pm
Crown Valley, in front of Mission Viejo mall

Sacramento, CA
Rally in front of the State Capital building

Saturday, Nov. 29th

West Hollywood, CA
Motorcycle Riders & Passengers For Equality!
10:00am - 6:00pm
San Vicente between Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood Park

Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Monday, Dec 1st
2nd Class Isn't Classy - Throughout California

Sunday, Dec 14th

Pasadena, CA
8:00am - 10:00am
Pasadena Rose Bowl

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mormons Contributed Millions to Hate Legislation

And here is the proof. I challenge anyone to tell me where in the bible, the Torah, the Koran, hell even the Necronomicon where it says God hates Gays. I don't care what some cleric two thousand years ago who got a bid to publish his views in the Bible said about gays, Clerics aren't God. Do you know how many people God has supposedly spoken to? Enough people to write several Scriptures in several versions on. I challenge anyone to tell me where God put his seal of approval and signature on the books that were published in his name as well, but the fact of the matter is that the Church has once again pushed their narrow world views on the American people illegally. The Church encouraged members to contribute to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. That sounds like the church getting involved in politics to me, which should lose it its tax exemption status.

People are saying "the people have spoken." This is NOT a democracy, this is a Republic, we elect smart people to speak for the stupid people because the stupid masses will take away freedom in an instant. Pure Democracy is mob rule, the "will of the people" is Mafia law. Instead, in this country we have a concept called "majority rule, minority rights," which coupled with the concept of "Equal Rights" means that the majority can have whatever they want as long as it does not infringe upon the EQUAL RIGHTS of the minority. Prop 8 is a violation of the American way because the people have not spoken, the Mob has spoken, and the People got their rights taken away.

This is mixing a moral issue with a legal issue and it's just wasting everyone's time. I hereby publicly condemn the Mormon Church and everyone else should as well.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Prop 8 is H8 and Here's an Upd8

Democratic legislators ask state Supreme Court to void Prop. 8

I am COMPLETELY AGAINST PROP 8 and am so angry I want to go beat up a Mormon with a baseball bat. I'm not even going to go into my reasons or even debate this one because it's just common sense, you don't take away someone's rights just because you feel like it, and yes it WAS gay's right to marry in California UNDER LAW for like 2 seconds and then it was TAKEN AWAY. If that's not injustice, then I don't know what is.

Here's the latest update on the lawsuits. Apperenetly 43 Democratic legislatures have signed a brief that asks the High Court to void Prop 8. Arnold didn't sign it but denounced it, seems like he's MIA to me. I'm not sure of the argument they're using but I think they're saying that the ballot measure won by a small margin of 500,000 votes and that a small majority is not entitled to take away the rights of a large, constitutionally protected minority. The ballot measure won 52% to 48% btw. Three counties including LA County and San Francisco have filed lawsuits as well as a ton of individual married couples. The fight is far from over.

I was at the Long Beach Protest on Friday and that was amazing, there were a lot of young people at that Protest and TONS of street support, everyone was holding up signs, people came out of their houses and bars to support us, at least 5000 people. In Silverlake, 15000, yes thousand people marched through Hollywood and shutdown Santa Monica Blvd. It was a small army and even some police officers were cheering us at the same time they were stuck on duty doing crowd control. I carried a sign that said "I'm Straight and I don't H8" and lots of people stopped me and said thank you for my support. A few counter protesters on the other side of the police line (like 3 guys) held up signs that said "Gay sex is a sin" and "God does not love you the way you are," as if they know who God loves. They were so outnumbered that it was ridiculous, and we were all yelling at them "hey come a little closer and hold your sign! Cross the police line and say that!" In LB we sat in the street! People held candles. My friend called me from Utah during the rally and said that angry crowds were also marching around the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. They're marching all over the country as we speak. The Mormon Church donated $20 million dollars to support Prop 8 and everyone, myself included, is calling for an end to their tax exempt status. When the President of the Mormon Church issues an order for branches to support Prop 8 in any way they can, that's a violation of the Separation of Church and State, tax 'em! Gays were not just the victims of Prop H8, everyone in the country is a victim of this measure because it's theocracy mixing moral issues with legal issues, apples to oranges. Everyone who believes in Equal Rights needs to stand up and denounce Prop 8 so that right and wrong cannot be bought with enough hate money. Write your reps and make a sign and get "out of the bars and into the streets!" Here's a schedule I found online of Protests in California:

Tuesday, Nov. 11th

Rancho Cucamonga CA
Rally at 1pm. We're meeting at the corner of Haven and Foothill.

3:00pm MN State Capitol (Meet on Old Main Lawn)
Saint Paul, MN

4:00pm - 6:00pm
In front of the Redlands Mormon Temple
1761 Fifth Avenue
Redlands, CA

Rally on Santa Monica Pier
5 pm Meet at the pier, hang on the beach, show that we won't go away.
321 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401 Map

March to Fresno Courthouse
5 pm Meet at Fink-White Playground
Amador St and B St Map
(Needs Organizer, Please email if interested)

San Francisco, CA
Time: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA

San Diego, CA
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Mormon Temple
7474 Charmant Drive

March on Mormon Temple in San Diego
5 pm Meet at Doyle Park
8175 Regents Rd
San Diego, CA 92122 Map
(Needs Organizer, Please email if interested)

Los Angeles

Wednesday, Nov. 12th

Encinitas, CA
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Corner of Saxony and Encinitas Blvd.
Phone: 5305759264

West Hollywood
Protest Prop 8 - Rally 7 PM West Hollywood (Santa Monica & San Vicente)

New York, NY
Peaceful gathering 6:30pm, Manhattan Mormon Temple
125 Columbus Ave at 65th Street

San Diego, CA
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
2728 Sixth Ave.
"On the Side of Love" 7:00 p.m.
For more info, contact Chris Harris at (619) 298-7261 or

Protest at Rancho on HAVEN and FOOTHILL.

Thursday, Nov. 13th

No On Prop 8 Protest - Irvine, Thursday 11/13 4:30pm
Corner of Campus & Culver Drive, Irvine
Marching to Culver & Alton.

Friday, November 14, 2008

UC San Diego, La Jolla
12:00pm - 3:00pm
9450 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California

San Francisco
TIME: 6:00pm
PLACE: San Francisco Chronicle, 901 Mission St.

Saturday. Nov. 15th

Join The Impact!
On the steps of your City Hall on November 15th at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST, our community WILL take to the streets and speak out against Proposition 8.

San Francisco
10:30 A.M. at City Hall.
1 Dr Carton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

Orange County, CA
12:00pm - 5:00pm
South Coast Plaza
Bear Street (Where the mall, Crystal Court, and Metro Pt. meet)
Costa Mesa, CA

Anti-prop 8 New York Protest
1:30pm - 4:30pm
City Hall
260 Broadway
New York, NY

Santa Clarita / Stevenson Ranch – 4PM
Corner of Valencia Blvd & McBean Pkwy, Santa Clarita

Friday, Nov. 21st

Front Steps of Burlingame High School
Street: 1 Mangini Way
City/Town: Burlingame, CA

Sunday, Nov. 23rd

Cambridge, Massachusetts
2pm Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA. 02139

Saturday, Nov. 29th

No On Prop 8 Peaceful Protest & Candlelight Vigil - Long Beach, Saturday 11/29 7pm
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Monday, Dec 1st
2nd Class Isn't Classy - Throughout California