Prop 8 Fight

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

 The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the leading the effort by Ted Olson and David Boies, who are the lead attorneys in the case to invalidate Prop. 8’s gay marriage ban, now has a website up.


The American Foundation for Equal Rights is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American.

Through its groundbreaking federal court case against California’s Proposition 8, The Foundation is leading the fight for marriage equality and equality under the law for every American.

The date has been set for January 11, 2010.

August 19, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO – Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker today set a trial date of January 11th for the federal challenge to Proposition 8 led by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies.

Foundation Board President Chad Griffin said he was pleased with the Judge’s order.

“Proposition 8 compels our government to treat people differently under the law simply because of who they are. That injustice cannot be corrected fast enough,” Griffin said.

The decision whether or not to televise the trial has yet to be made by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker.

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    • TMC on January 6, 2010 at 11:19 am
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  1. I am not optimistic about the chances for success.

    The conservatives on the Court are all visceral homophobes.  And they’ll tear down everyone else’s rights to adjudicate something that sticks it to the dirty gheys.

    And I further predict the eventual Supreme Court case will be cited for the next 20 years in making it legitimate for states to restrict the rights of their citizens in various ways by popular approval.

    This phenomenon and the fact that the case is used to oppress others will be blamed on the tactical and strategic stupidity of the gays to bring it to the court in the first place, and not on the homophobes who foolishly ruled in a way they thought could only be applied to us.

    Because homophobes are never responsible for what they do.  They’re like animals, see, and if you provoke an animal in a certain way, it’ll bite.

    But we who want equal rights have some kind of responsibility to society not to fight too hard or in the wrong place.

    • TMC on January 7, 2010 at 2:36 am
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    Now getting ready to recognize Gay Marriage

    Catholic Portugal set to legalise gay marriage

    LISBON (AFP) – Catholic Portugal, traditionally one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, is expected to approve the legalisation of gay marriage on Friday with a minimum of fuss.

    With the governing Socialists and other left-wing parties enjoying a strong majority, the new law is likely to sail through the first reading debate and gain final approval before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, due in Portugal in May.

    In contrast to Spain, where the lead-up to the legalisation of gay marriage in 2005 brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators onto the streets, the bill in Portugal has provoked only muted opposition even from the right.

    While normally vocal on the role of marriage and the family in society, the Catholic Church has refused to mobilise on a subject which, according to Lisbon’s Cardinal Patriarch Jose Policarpo, is “parliament’s responsibility”.

    “I think the Portuguese people have learnt one of the fundamental tenets of democracy: respect for the rights of the individual,” Miguel Vale de Almeida, Portugal’s first openly-gay lawmaker who was elected in September, told AFP.

  2. Federal judge wants Prop. 8 trial shown to the public

    Reporting from San Francisco – A federal judge in San Francisco said Wednesday that he wants the federal trial over the constitutionality of Proposition 8 to be videotaped and distributed over the Internet.

    “This certainly is a case that has sparked widespread interest,” U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said during a hearing Wednesday. The nature of the case and its importance warranted “widespread distribution,” he said.

    In addition to running the entire proceedings on You Tube hours after they occur, the court videotape would be broadcast live at several other federal courthouses, including the 9th Circuit courthouse in Pasadena, Walker said.

    Supporters of Proposition 8 opposed public dissemination of the trial video and argued that witnesses would be intimidated by having their testimony watched by millions of people. The Proposition 8 campaign also objected to live feeds at other courthouses.

    • Robyn on January 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I have been seeing far too many people lately who don’t understand this:

    On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?

    There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

    Marriage equality will probably be voted down in the New Jersey Senate today.

    • TMC on January 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm
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    In less than 48 hours 128,812 have signed letter urging #Prop8 trial be televised! Have you? http://bit.ly/59ody5 Pls RT

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