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New Contender in 2010 Repeal

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Previously I had written about two big groups, The Courage Campaign, and Equality California duking it out a l’il’ for a 2012 or 2010 Repeal. In a nutshell, EC said “no let’s bide our time”, and CC was all “let’s go for gold!” Well the first update is that both are now no longer having a hand in any sort of 2010 repeal. Even the Courage Campaign has pulled out before it got pregnant, and is waiting until 2012.

Someone else is stepping up to the plate though, and that guy’s name is Love Honour Cherish. Execute Director John Henning is the guts behind the operation and is going full force on a 2010 repeal, and people are happy about it after criticizing Kors and Jacobs of EC and CC respectively of using the same repeated methods to turn Prop 8 around. Well hopefully Henning has some other tricks up his sleeves, and a fresh perspective on the situation and strategies involved.

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Gay Marriage Defeat In New York State

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Gay lobbyists in New York had spent over 1 million dollars on their campaign to legalize gay marriage in their state, and it fell short very quickly yesterday.

In this relatively liberal state, the vote of 38 to 24 came as a huge surprise and disappointment to everyone involved. A Marist College poll showed recently that 51% of New Yorkers were in favour of gay marriage, but it seems that the senate was not a true mirror image of what the people really wanted and now everyone is calling “not fair”. Some are also wondering why it had to be held in “secret session” without lead up or warning. It happened very quickly.

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Lawyers Sue Proposition 8!

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Okay well not quite, but I got your attention. Get this though….!

Ted Olson and David Boies are two very high profile lawyers who are sick of Proposition 8. SO IS EVERYONE ELSE! Well these two worked opposite sides of the Bush vs. Gore campaign and are well known in the American lawyer circles. They’re representing two same sex couples who were denied the right to marry right? Against the law now. Well they’re just being blatant about it and trying to repeal this saying that:

“This unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution”

AMEN BRUTHAS! I can get behind this. This is amazeballs.

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Pledge Allegiance To My @$$?

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

So when I was ten years old I was still playing tag on the playground, avoiding baths, and throwing my controller at the TV every time I lost at WWF Wrestle 2000. I was definitely not standing up for human rights equalities like Will Phillips.

Will hails from Arkansas where, while in class, a substitute teacher told the kids to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Will flat out refused. After repeated efforts by the teacher, Will told her to “go jump off a bridge”, and that he would not recite the Pledge until gays and lesbians had the right to marry. Apparently the whole “liberty and justice for all” has Will as irked as everyone should be.

“Because I have many — I’ve grown up with a lot of people and good friends with a lot of people that are gay and I really — I think they should have the rights all people should. And I’m not going to swear that they do.”

Well the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that it is a RIGHT to Pledge Allegiance, but not a MUST, so really besides telling the teacher to dive head first into deep water, Will didn’t really do anything wrong. Still he was sent to the principal’s office, reprimanded, and his Mother was called. After hearing the story, Will’s Mother asked the Principal to apologize to her son, but the Principal refused (BIG SURPRISE!).

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Our Big Fat Gay Engagement…

In: Saturday Submissions

Is marriage political?

Being engaged is exciting – maybe because I never really thought I would get married, maybe because I finally met the right guy, maybe because it’s a new way of perceiving family, maybe because it is such a positive way of looking forward, likely all of the above and more.

Our wedding will be small and informal. Intimate. And personal, like all marriages are. And yet somehow it is also political.

This week, the same week we sent out “save the date” cards, the voters of Maine decided to disallow gay marriage, voters in Washington state voted to protect their new domestic partnership law, and Portugal’s new government announced they would legalize same-sex marriage. So if marriage is on political agendas, I guess marriage is political.

I guess we are pretty advanced — two adult men getting married is legal here in meek and mild Canada. In my non-subjective opinion this is a civil rights issues and should be a right everywhere. Period. And don’t even mention “don’t ask don’t tell”. As Canadians we also have the right to serve in the military. Not that we want to.

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Prop 8: No Repeal ’til 2012?

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Looks like a battle of wills between two great organizations.

Equality California apparently wants to bide their time and wait until 2012 before attempting to repeal Prop 8 again, while The Courage Campaign has made quite clear that it’s their full intention to go full force right away in 2010. Interesting non?

Apparently both put together some individual poll style statistics and found out that that support for gay marriage is up to 51% in the state of California. That’s a 3% increase to the 48% of voters who previously voted no. So good news. Unfortunately, even though a larger amount of voters are gung ho for I-do equality, 60% of those want to lay low until 2012.  Further polling showed that it was the older voters (ah the patience of age) that wanted to hold off while the younger voters (ah the impatience of youth) wanted some change here and now.

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Why Are You “Engaged?”

In: Saturday Submissions

We have been having a lot of fun announcing our engagement over the last couple of weeks. Reactions have ranged from pride to joy, and after over three years living together, included a more than one “FINALLY!”

The most interesting reaction came from an older gay friend, who said:

…wanted to wish you the best of luck. Don’t know any gay friends who got engaged. Usually they just got married but then I am generation older and marriage was just making official that which was already fact. Not being really up on gay engagements I am wondering if that means a date for marriage is planned or do you need to try out the engagement first?

Congratulations on step one.

It’s a fact that the couples who mounted the BC constitutional challenge dashed off to Ontario, when that province’s Court of Appeal gave earlier effect to its order that limiting marriage to “one man, one woman” was unconstitutional. I teared up a little at the thought of those California couples rushing to the altar without flowers, and the generosity of people from the Midwest. But when I saw a 6 year-old’s self-portrait of him delivering flowers, purchased with money from around the world, I’m not gonna lie, I cried:

It feels like a legal (and generational?) milestone has been reached: bagel and I are not being press-ganged into marriage by a feeling that it’s “now or never.” We’re doing this because it’s the right time in our relationship, rather than the right time in a window of opportunity.

However, I think we’re fully aware that getting engaged, and getting married, is still a political act. I was born in one of those Mid-west states. If I still lived there…

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What’s Wrong with the Gay Civil Rights Movement?

In: Saturday Submissions

In writing my column for Pride last weekend, a made passing reference to the whole Prop 8 fiasco, and it led me to thinking more about the failed political strategies that were employed in that battle by the ‘No on 8’ side. Those same failed strategies, and the points of views that underpin them, are now on display in Washington State, the latest battleground in the gay civil rights movement.

For those readers who aren’t aware, in May 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marrying violated the California Constitution, and ordered the state of California to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Almost immediately, the extreme right forced a ballot initiative, designated as Proposition 8, to overturn the Court’s decision. It passed by a narrow margin, giving California the distinction not only of joining the ranks of Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, and a number of other states that have taken such regressive stances, but also of being the first state to grant civil rights, and then take them away.

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