Well, this is shocking. No sooner did we learn that black people make up more than 1.37 percent of Fox News' viewership, than we're now discovering that a clear plurality of Fox viewers support the exploding of California's Prop 8 bill, which makes them homosexual. Or liberal or something.
At least, that's what this very scientific poll from the Fox News website says…
Very scientific poll. Very!
* Okay, maybe not "viewers," per se. But certainly Fox News website goers-toers, right?
Tags: California, Fox, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Polls, Proposition 8
Here is some really really fantastic news that has the potential of leading to some seriously depressing news in a few months when it definitely eventually gets heard by the U.S. Supreme Court…
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment," the judge wrote. "Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation."
Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about this. And I wish I was the kind of guy who could see the glass of Prosecco and apricot mimosa as being half full, but I'm just not. There's still a lot of drama left to unfold.
Tags: California, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Supreme Court
Californians Who Still Support Childish Nonsensical Prudish Laws Against Marijuana Now in the Slight Minority
If you thought Californians were crazy for Prop 8, wait till you get a look at Prop 19.
First of all, it's 237.5% proppier. At least.
And, what it lacks in robbing fellow human beings of their basic civil rights, it totally makes up for in uncontrollable laughter about nothing in particular and eating all the cookie batter while the oven is still heating up…
52% of California voters support Proposition 19 that would legalize, regulate and tax the purchase and sale of marijuana in the State of California. 36% of voters oppose the proposition.
38% [Ed. note: 38%???] of Californians say they’ve smoked marijuana. Still, 44% of those who claim they’ve never tried marijuana [Ed. note: Bullshit.] support its legalization. Prop 19 supporters aren't all smokers, suggesting that many Californian's believe the legalization of marijuana is about more than smoking pot and could be the solution to some of California's bigger problems.
I totally had a point to make here, I can't remember what it was. Gimme a minute and it'll come back to me. "Minute" is a weird looking word, isn't it? Minute. Minute. It's so perverse that we've assigned a word like that to represent a unit of time, as if there were even such a thing.
Hey, why are all these people looking at this post? Uh oh.
Tags: California, Drugs, Marijuana, Proposition 8
Bad news for those hoping to follow the Prop 8 trial proceedings via closed-circuit TV feeds…
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block the broadcast of a federal trial in California testing whether a voter initiative against gay marriage violates the Constitution.
The proposition's defenders said broadcasting the proceedings could expose witnesses favoring the gay-marriage ban to harassment and ridicule. The Supreme Court majority backed that view, saying Proposition 8 supporters would likely suffer "irreparable harm" if the proceedings were shown through the closed-circuit feed.
Harassment and ridicule! Good call. I know I've read hundreds of articles about gay teens shouting things like "eff you, you effing f-word hater" at their anti-gay peers. Whatever happened to tolerance?
And irreparable harm, I mean, that's the kind of harm you can't undo. That's as permanent as losing thousands of dollars in tax credits, Medicare benefits and health insurance because you can't call your partner of 40 years your spouse. Thank goodness we're finally making real progress on civil rights in this country.
Tags: California, Civil Rights, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Supreme Court
Meanwhile, in the sunny, bankrupt land of California, the court battle over Proposition 8 – the state's ban on same-sex marriage – has gotten underway. It's an historic moment, for many reasons…
"Actually putting witnesses on the stand has never been done before in any lawsuit claiming a right to same-sex marriage," said Proposition 8 campaign attorney Andy Pugno. "So this is a very out-of-the-ordinary approach."
David Boies, a lawyer for the challengers of the ballot measure, said he expected the case would reach the Supreme Court in the fall of 2011.
"This is the first time that you will have this kind of record being made" on the social, religious and legal implications of same-sex marriage, said Boies, who represented former Vice President Al Gore in Bush vs. Gore, the Supreme Court case that gave George W. Bush the presidency.
Theodore B. Olson, a conservative attorney who represented Bush in that case, is working with Boies to overturn Proposition 8.
What?! Olson and Boies, working together on the same side to protect citizens' civil rights? The Gore-hugging liberal and his conservative nemesis, the man who fought to make 2004-2008 as disastrous possible? What is going on? Did someone dump a truckload of reason in the California water supply? Has everyone caught a sudden case of sanity?
One of the [Prop 8] campaign sponsors who intervened asked [Judge Vaughn] Walker on Friday to drop him as a defendant. He said he feared for his and his family's safety.
The sponsor, Bill Tam, had tried to attract votes for Proposition 8 by arguing that same-sex marriage would lead to children becoming homosexual and other states falling into "Satan's hands." A decision on whether Tam can withdraw from the case is pending.
Right, never mind.
Tags: California, Civil Rights, George W. Bush, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Proposition 8