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Gay Marriage Watch: November 9th-November 15th


Here's the latest news on gay marriage from around the world. The big story this week is the huge, nationwide (almost worldwide) protests against Prop 8 and anti-gay-marriage forces by Join the Impact - over 300 US cities saw protests at city hall, including Sacramento, where we marched with an estimated 1,500 gay, lesbian and straight allies from City Hall to the State Capitol, chanting "What do we want? Equality! When do we want it? Now!". Join the Impact, a new group organized days after the election, estimated 1,000,000 would attend all the rallies combined. Stories about the rallies from around the country:

--Little Rock, AR (200) attendees

--Phoenix, AZ (2,000)

--Tucson, AZ (1,000)

--Los Angeles, CA (12,000)

--Palm Springs, CA (500)

--Redlands, CA (400)

--Sacramento, CA (1,500)

--San Diego, CA (25,000)

--San Francisco, CA (7,500)
--Walnut Creek, CA (400)

--Denver, CO ("hundreds")

--Washington, DC (900)

--Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1,000)

--Miami, FL ("hundreds")

--Orlando, FL (1,000)

--Tampa, FL (100)

--Atlanta, GA (1,500)

--Chicago, IL ("thousands")

--Wichita, KS (100)

--Boston, MA (4,000)

--Cambridge, MA (75)
--Northampton, MA (400)

--Baltimore, MD ("hundreds")

--Minneapolis, MN (1,000)

--St. Louis, MO (500)

--Raleigh, NC (1,400)

--Wilmington, NC (140)

--Albuquerque, NM (500)

--Santa Fe, NM (100)

--Las Vegas, NV (1,000)

--Reno, NV (300)--New York, NY (4,000)

--Cincinnati, OH (500)

--Portland, OR ("several hundred")

--Philadelphia, PA (2,000)

--Dallas, TX (1,200)

--Salt Lake City, UT (2,000)

--Seattle, WA ("thousands")





I'm also disgusted by the calls from the Mormon Church for "tolerance" - what, we're supposed to tolerate having our rights taken away? I'm happy to tolerate your views whatever they are, but I've NEVER tried to take your rights away and then asked you to just shut-up and "tolerate" it. So sorry, but we're not going to go away quietly.

On the flip side, there have been a few incidents of vandalism or harrassment by folks on our side (just as there were similar incidents from the Yes on 8 folks), and we have to say that violence and harrassment are never right, from either side.


In addition to the news of the week, you'll find our weekly woody award, links to some great articles and columns from the last seven days, and of course you'll also find our ongoing recap of gay marriage happenings worldwide over the last four months - for a longer history, just click on one of the older Gay Marriage Watch blogs from our archives. To subscribe to this blog, or if you have any thoughts about how we can make this feature better or easier to use or any updates on the issues covered here, let me know at info@purpleunions.com.


--Scott







This Week's Woody Award:


This week's Woody award honors goes to the three new Democratic Senators in New York who are trying to block appointment of a new Democratic Majority Leader who plans to bring a vote to the floor on gay marriage. Not only that, but they want to put a referendum before NY state voters to try to ban gay marriage in that state entirely. Shame on these three party turncoats - they should be drummed out of the Democratic Party. Wanna be fascists? The Republicans would LOVE to have you. Enjoy your collective woody!







Runner up is Matt Barber, a right wing idiot who offers this chestnut in a horrendously homophobic analysis of the post-election events:


"The left’s venomous reaction to the passage of Prop 8 has showcased these people for who they truly are. It has removed the sublime mask, revealing an ugly and desperate countenance below."


Funny, Mister Barber, we thought that ugly face was yours. He wraps up with what he undoubtedly thinks is a clever turn of phrase: "What God has cast asunder, let no man join together." The God I grew up learning about in church doesn't tear his loving children apart. And he has no place for those who do. Sorry, Matt - no woody for you!



Events of the Last Week:

11/9/08:


"It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Governor Schwarzenegger said in an interview Sunday on CNN. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area." Source


USA: Fewer gays and lesbians voted for Obama (70%) in 2008 than for Kerry in 2004 (77%); McCain increased GLBT support to 27% from Bush's 23%. Source


USA, Connecticut: A legal opinion by state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said CT justices of the peace may not opt out of performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. Source


USA, Idaho: Campaign finance reports show Idaho residents contributed more than $400,000 to support Prop 8 in California. Source


11/10/08:


Drew Barrymore joined the protest against Prop 8 this past weekend in Los Angeles and gave a rousing speech. Source


Madonna said it was a shame the United States could put a black man in the White House but not allow same-sex marriage. Source


Morocco:


USA, California: The Court of Appeals in Rabat ruled to uphold the first court decision against Morocco's Al-Massae newspaper after its director, Rashid Nini, and newspaper staff were accused of "defaming and insulting" four deputies from the government's prosecution office. The case goes back to a November 2007 article published in Al-Massae about an alleged gay marriage that took place in Al-Qasr Al-Kabir, a city north of Rabat. Source


--A couple thousand people gathered outside the Capitol in Sacramento this afternoon to rally for the legalization of same-sex marriages just days after voters imposed a constitutional ban. Source


--More than 400 people gathered outside the distinctive Mormon Temple in Oakland to protest the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' support of Proposition 8. Source


--About 40 young gay rights advocates protested outside Fresno City Hall to protest the gay marriage ban. Source


--The San Luis Obispo County clerk stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Source


11/11/08:


USA, California: Lynn Holton, a spokeswoman for the California Supreme Court, said she expected the court to rule as early as this week on a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate Prop 8. Source


USA, New Jersey: Governor Corzine wants to pass an economic stimulus package before the state takes up gay marriage. Source


USA, Vermont: It's unclear whether the Vermont legislature will take up gay marriage in the 2009 session. Source


11/12/08:


Paris Hilton: "They shouldn't make a law saying who you can be in love with," the heiress said. "Hopefully, they'll overturn it because it's not fair." Source


Sex and the City creator Darren Star: "There is no question in my mind that gay marriage is an inevitability. Californians like to think of themselves as socially progressive and were surprised and angry to wake up to find bigotry introduced into their constitution. Exit polls show gay marriage has overwhelming support among younger voters, so obviously this is just a matter of time." Source


Australia: A Labor Senator says she hopes the Federal Parliament will pass laws that will let same-sex couples get married. Source


USA, California:


--The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to join a lawsuit filed by the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara County challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8. Source


--The artistic director at California's largest non-profit musical theater company resigned Wednesday amid protests over his donation to a campaign to ban gay marriage in the state. Source


--Gay rights groups in California may ask voters to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage they approved last week if legal challenges to Proposition 8 are unsuccessful. Source


USA, Connecticut: Gay and lesbian couples began marrying in the state today. Source


USA, New York:


--Three newly-elected Democrats in the state senate say they may not even allow any gay marriage discussion to reach the state senate floor. Source


--Hundreds of supporters of gay marriage gathered outside a Mormon temple to protest the church's support of Prop 8 in California. Source


--New Yorkers engaged in peaceful demonstrating against last week’s passage of Prop 8. Source


USA, Utah: Hundreds rallied on the UT campus demanding that the university provide domestic partner benefits. Source


US, West Virginia: The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists has passed a resolution calling for an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Source


11/13/08:


George Clooney: "At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black." Source


Elton John on Prop 8: "We're not married. Let's get that right. We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage." Source


Ireland: Cardinal Sean Brady suggested Ireland should ban same-sex marriages, like California. Source


Senegal: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission announced its increased aid to Senegal's gay and lesbian community to "re-group, and to turn this tragedy into positive action." Source


USA: Bill Marriott, of Marriott Hotels, issued a release in which he assured company’s employees and guests that Marriott Hotels did not, as a company, contribute to the successful campaign to revoke the right of gay and lesbian families in California to marry. Source


USA, California:


--The Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest gay GOP group, opposed Prop. 8 and is supporting lawsuits to have it overturned. Source


--The Mormon temple in Westwood was closed Thursday afternoon after an envelope filled with an unidentified white, powdery substance was delivered to temple employees. Source


--The No on Prop 8 campaign made a television ad that featured a lesbian talking about marriage but the commercial never aired. Source


--Cinemark Theaters' CEO Alan Stock donated $9,999 to Yes on 8, and activists are now calling for a boycott of the Cinemark chain. Source


--A lesbian mother in Fresno says she was forced to resign from her position as president of the parent-teacher association at her son's Catholic school after she spoke out against banning gay marriage. Source


--Artist Kemery, who does not use a last name professionally, plans to display artwork in opposition to Prop 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 at Michael's on Naples Ristorante. Source


USA, Maine:


--Gay activists are laying the groundwork to bring forward a gay marriage bill during the 2009 legislative session, but say they are still mulling their options. Source


--Religious leaders across the state held news conferences Thursday to urge Mainers to end marriage discrimination against gay and lesbian couples and called for the state to create same-sex civil marriages. Source


USA, New York: Some Democrats are resisting the appointment of senate minority leader Malcolm A. Smith, a pro-marriage lawmaker, to the post of Senate Majority Leader. Opponents of marriage equality are pushing for a new senate majority leader who would be antithetical to allowing gay and lesbian families to marry. Source


USA, Ohio: Cleveland is taking up the idea of a domestic partner registry for gay and straight couples. Source


11/14/08:


“The idea that gay marriage is still an issue in this country is maybe the strangest thing I've ever heard.” - Jon Stewart Source


Christina Aguilera says, "They're (gay couples) constantly pushing to be heard and given equal rights. I think there's a lot of unfairness that goes along with being gay, so the more I can do to give them a voice, then I'll do so. But I think we'd be fooling ourselves if we thought that everywhere was accepting of gay rights and marriages. I think it's unfair there has to be some kind of standard for marriage. Marriage should be about two people celebrating their love for each other. It shouldn't have anything to do with someone's sexual preference." Source


Josh Brolin on Prop 8: "Who gives a s***! Who cares!... Doesn't mean (gay and lesbian people) are going to stop kissing in the streets, just cause they can't get married. And that's the issue for the religious, that it's visible and it's always going to be visible, it ain't going to go away. Gay life is more mainstream, but at the same time, things like this happen and you go, 'You got to be kidding me!' especially in California... I think it's awful, but I understand it, everybody has their perspective." Source


India: In the first known gay marriage at India’s legendary tribute to love, the Taj Mahal, two young Swedish women tied the knot following traditional Hindu rituals conducted by a priest at the Mahadeva Shiva temple in Agra. Source


Ireland: Boyzone's new video in which Stephen Gately is seen in a steamy clinch with a male model has sparked more debate amongst punters over just when 'Civil Unions' or same sex marriage will be passed in Ireland. Source


Norway: Lutheran Bishops are considering a new blessing for same-sex couples when gay marriage becomes legal in January. Source


Russia: The European Court of Human Rights said Wednesday that it would not consider the appeal of two men who claim they were denied the right to marry in Russia. Source


USA, California:


--The California Supreme Court has asked state Attorney General Jerry Brown to reply by Monday to lawsuits challenging the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage - a sign that the justices are taking the cases seriously and will not dispose of them quickly. Source


--County clerks across California are clamoring for legal advice to resolve confusion about when to begin the gay-marriage ban that voters passed last week in a ballot initiative. Source


--About 200 students and others have walked out of class at UC San Diego to protest the passage of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California. Source


--Californians Against Hate filed a complaint with California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), alleging The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints failed to report nonmonetary contributions that helped pass the measure. Source


--The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, Asian Pacific American Legal Center and two other groups asked the state Supreme Court to issue a stay preventing the ballot initiative approved by voters last week from taking effect. Source


USA, Connecticut: As of Wednesday, the Episcopal church's laws and the state's laws concerning marriage no longer agree, and while priests are able to give pastoral blessings to gay marriages, they are unable to perform them. Source


11/15/08:


Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay. "You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas. Source


Saying he feels sorry for those affected by Prop 8, Darren Hayes, former Savage Garden frontman, posted a picture of himself and "husband" Richard Cullen hugging. "It's us, tearing down the fabric of good society and the sanctity of marriage in Paris." Source


--India: Gay men often blackmailed in India. Source


--Jamaica: The Upper House is considering legislation to define marriage as between a man and a woman only. Source


Pakistan: The Lahore high court has banned the screening of Bollywood flick Dostana across Pakistan, saying it has some highly objectionable “gay content”. Source


USA, California: Employees of the Los Angeles restaurant that came under fire this week after a manager gave $100 to the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California said they had made a $500 contribution to the advocacy group that is raising money to challenge Proposition 8. Source


Great Articles/Columns Last Week:


^ Why the Prop 8 Polls Were So Wrong, by Shelby Grad

^ Church and State: The Issue of Prop 8, by James Brosnahan

^ Gay Marriage is a Question of Love, (Video Version), by Keith Olbermann

^ Pro gay-marriage film extraordinary, yet bittersweet, by Michael Janusonis

^ Allow Gay Marriage, by John Aloysius Farrell

^ Fear of a Gay Planet, by Violet Blue

^ Gay Marriage, Chickens, and How to Win, by Elayne Boosler

^ How Getting Married Made Me an Activist, by David J. Jefferson

^ Some areas of S.F. voted to ban same-sex marriage, by David J. Jefferson

^ Prop. 8 debate exposes divisions within families of gay couples, by Matt O'Brien

^ Rumors of Secret LDS Plot to Destroy Same-Sex Marriage Actually True, by Matt O'Brien

^ Office Star Discusses Prop 8, by Cynthia Laird

^ Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage, by Jesse McKinley & Kirk Johnson

^ Gay Rights: The President of Spain Talks About Gays & Lesbian Rights, by Jose Luis

^ Prop 8 Rips Friendship Assunder, by Rebecca Walsh

^ Why I'm Finally Crying

^ A DYKE ABROAD: Blaming Blacks (And Latinos, Whites, and Queers), by Kelly Jean Cogswell

^ If justices are recalled, remember who would decide on replacing them, by Chris Reed




















 
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