Et après ?
Quelle que soit la décision de la cour suprême de Californie, les opposant-e-s à la Proposition 8 ( Prop 8 ), qui interdit le mariage des couples gays et lesbiens en Californie, auront remporté une victoire.
Carlos Moreno, the California supreme court judge who has repeatedly ruled for marriage equality, is stepping down from the state's high court February 28. The Los Angeles-based Democrat was part of the 4-3 majority for In re Marriage Cases, the 2008 decision that struck down laws limiting marriage between a man and a woman. Months later, California would narrowly pass Proposition 8, which reversed the high court's decision. After Prop. 8, several lawsuits challenged the antigay initiative. The state's high court consolidated them for 2009's Strauss v.
The board of a church in Sacramento County, Calif., has issued a statement in support of a pastor arrested on suspicion of child molestation. According to The Sacramento Bee , the board of Rio Linda Baptist Church expressed its support for pastor Tom Gene Daniels, who is charged with suspicion of a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14 and engaging in three or more acts of sexual conduct with a child. Daniels was one of the most vocal supporters of California's Prop. 8.
Publié par Judith Silberfeld | Dans Égalité des droits , Société
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To outsiders, the credit that is given to the United States Constitution can often seem over-the-top.
Speaking Sunday at the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, famed director John Waters offered up a suggestion: Ban heterosexual divorce. Waters, who was honored by the festival and had his 1981 film Polyester screened, was asked how gays should push for equality . His response, whether lighthearted or not, was to push for an end to legalized divorce. There actually is an effort in California to ban divorce. Waters made the same suggestion two months ago while filming his "I Advocate" segment for The Advocate On-Air. Watch it here.
New Republic executive editor Richard Just writes that President Barack Obama shows the same resistance to marriage equality as President Woodrow Wilson did to gender and racial equality, and if history is any guide, the portrait will be “unflattering” with the passage of time. Just refers to a timeline of Obama’s position assembled by his colleague James Downie. “What the timeline shows is a pattern that can only be described as illogical and cynical. Obama argues that he is against gay marriage while also opposing efforts like Prop 8 that would ban it,” he writes. “He justifies this by saying that state constitutions should not be used to reduce rights.
Author Anne Rice says her anger over discovering the Catholic Church she’d donated thousands of dollars to turned around and spent millions helping to pass Proposition 8 in California is one of the main reasons she publicly declared she’s leaving Christianity. In an interview with Out.com , Rice says when she “simply did not foresee that degree of hatred and persecution” when she went back to the church in 1998. Same-sex marriage wasn’t the serious issue it is now, she says. Rice says her relationship with Christianity has always been shaky, and she took a lot of heat for supporting Hillary Clinton in her presidential bid. But nothing floored her like seeing the hate speech the church has focused on gays and lesbians in recent years. “If you read any part of the New Testament, there is no authority there for Christians to go out of their group and attack a minority in the secular culture,” Rice says.
The New York State chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Dan Donovan, the Republican nominee for state attorney general, whom Democrats have criticized for his opposition to marriage equality. In a news release Wednesday morning, the Log Cabin New York board of directors and political action committee announced their support for Donovan, the Staten Island prosecutor running for attorney general on the Republican and Conservative party lines. “As the district attorney of Staten Island, Mr. Donovan has a long and distinguished record of treating everyone equal under the law,” said Log Cabin Republicans of New York State PAC chairman Gregory T. Angelo in the release.
COMMENTARY: Don’t know much about history, do they? That’s a sad statement to make about the U.S. Congress, but evidently a true one, given the recent pile-on of Republican senators calling for repeal — or “investigation” — of birthright citizenship. Senate majority leader Harry Reid noted that his colleagues have “either taken leave of their senses or their principles.” In fact, they may have taken leave of both, as their ridiculous, racist campaign betrays a basic misunderstanding of American history and of the Constitution.
In the wake of the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California, analysts were quick to assign blame, with many commonly citing exit polls that attributed the loss of same-sex marriage to African-American voters. Opposition from racial minorities and other factors, such as the assumption of support from white Democratic voters, have come to inform the Prop. 8 conversation since the discriminatory ballot measure, which repealed same-sex marriage rights, passed in November 2008, but a new report questions the accepted wisdom and suggests other reasons for the outcome, some of them surprising. “The Prop 8 Report ,” released Tuesday by the LGBT Mentoring Project in Los Angeles, analyzes daily polling commissioned by the No on 8 campaign in the final six weeks of the campaign, when a close contest began to turn in favor of antigay forces led by the Yes on 8 campaign.
People who oppose or support gay marriage before an election will continue to hold their viewpoints despite millions of dollars spent on advertising, according to a new study, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The study, conducted by New York University, looked at trends from 1998 until the present and evaluated the change of voter opinions in relation to campaign spending. Findings from the study may change the way people on both sides of the issue campaign for support.
The supporters of Proposition 8 are urging U.S. district court judge Vaughn Walker to invalidate the 18,000 marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in California before the ballot initiative barred gay and lesbian couples from marrying in the state. As the trial before the judge winds down Wednesday with closing arguments from both sides, pro-Prop. 8 attorney Andrew Pugno said the move would honor the "expressed will of the people," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He said that his clients are not asking for a complete nullification of the marriages, but he urged that state agencies, courts, and businesses not have to recognize the unions.
Maryland's largest newspaper published an editorial Saturday that calls for all bans on same-sex marriage to be struck down. Writing about the U.S. District Court case that will decide if California's antigay Prop. 8 will stand, the newspaper indicated it believed Judge Vaughn Walker should throw out the ban on same-sex marriage, and that the Supreme Court should do the same.