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Just noting that people here might be interested in following the San Jose Mercury News' daily reports from California's current Prop 8 trial (a legal challenge to the proposition in federal court, claiming that it violates the U.S. Constitution).

Here's coverage from Day 6: http://www.mercurynews.com/samesexmarriage/ci_14222121

You can get to previous days via the sidebar on the right, under "Live courtroom coverage." Day 7 is in progress right now; you can see the latest by clicking on the "Day 7" link in the sidebar under "Recent gay marriage stories."
 
 
 
 
 
 
The California Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this morning -- March 5 --about Prop 8, and the session is being streamed live, from 9 a.m.-noon PST (noon - 3 p.m. EST, your time zone may vary) at this website:

http://www.calchannel.com/

Since I don't think the site is used to high-volume internet traffic (they normally broadcast things like Judiciary Committee hearings), I don't know how they're going to fare, but give it a try and if all else fails you can at least watch later from their video archive.

A decision from the Court is due within 90 days.

Go equality!!!!!

ETA: I watched some, and it was fascinating -- and I found it completely understandable despite not being a lawyer. I encourage everyone to go check out the video archive at the website above.
 
 
 
 
 
 

I found this interactive map of Florida listing how individual voters voted on Amendment 2.  If you're the type that likes to write letters and such, this is for you.  They list helpful tips for engaging and dicussing the issue with these twits, er, concerned citizens.  The larger site (at the source link) is also pretty interesting.    

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This is a must read.  
Lex
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenneth Starr (yes, that Kenneth Starr) has filed a brief seeking to nullify the 18,000 marriages between same-sex spouses that were legally performed in California before the passage of Prop 8.



"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

Go here to find more, including an open letter to the California Supreme Court you can sign -- and I don't see anything that says you have to live in California to sign it, either.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The California Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in the Proposition 8 legal challenge.

Not sure how long it will be before we get a ruling, but it's exciting that it's finally happening! And by the way, a lawyer friend of mine told me more about the import behind Jerry Brown's decision to formally oppose Prop 8. As State Attorney General, it is Jerry Brown's job to defend California law against any legal challenges, including law created through a ballot proposition such as Prop 8. This is his job, and he is expected to defend California and the current law regardless of how he personally feels about the law. For him to announce that he is *not* defending Prop 8, and in fact is instead urging the State Supreme Court to invalidate it, is apparently equivalent to your family lawyer, who you've paid to defend you against lawsuits for years, turning around and saying "You know what? This time you deserve it, and I can't represent you on this."
 
 
 
 
 
 
Help spread the word -- Feb. 17th is Marriage Lobby Day in Sacramento, California:

http://www.eqca.org/site/pp.asp?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4948341


Not in California? You can still take part in this:

http://www.tell-three.org/
 
 
 
 
 
 

Activists claim that money from the Mormon Church was the deciding factor in passing Proposition 8 in California - banning gay marriage. The church claims to have only spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign, but ANP has uncovered evidence that may expose a gaping hole in that claim. Also, the IRS forbids religious organizations from "substantially" lobbying for political legislation. Did the Mormon Church violate this law?

 
 
 
 
 
 
I love the use of the word "unleash."
Lex 

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Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-man, is planning to unleash the world's first homosexual superhero in a new television programme.

 Last Updated: 5:09PM GMT 14 Jan 2009
Stan Lee 'to create worlds first gay superhero'
Lee has reportedly created a character called Thom Creed, a high-school basketball player who is forced to hide his sexuality as well as his superpowers Photo: AP

Lee has reportedly created a character called Thom Creed, a high-school basketball player who is forced to hide his sexuality as well as his superpowers.

It is not known what kind of powers Creed will display.

Lee, the former head of Marvel Comics - who also created the Hulk and the X-Men - will unveil Creed in an hour-long television special made in the US.  If he proves popular with audiences, the programme will be shown in Britain.

Lee developed the idea of a gay character from the award-winning novel Hero by Perry Moore, the Sun reports. A television industry source told the paper: “It was only a matter of time before we had our first gay superhero. And if there is one man who can make him a success it is Stan Lee.  “There’s a real buzz among comic book fans.”  

Lee recently told GQ magazine that the world needed an Economist Man and a Foreign Relations Man to help the world weather the global financial crisis.

"Being president these days is too big a job for someone with just one superpower. Though I do think Obama has a certain Mr. Fantastic quality," he said.

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Could it be that Obama is capable of creating a real love fest in the U.S. after all?
Lex

Rick Warren Reaches Out to Gene Robinson

By Jacqui Salmon

The Rev. Rick Warren, the conservative evangelical minister who will deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration, has extended an olive branch to Bishop V. Gene Robinson.

Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop, had reacted angrily to the selection of Warren, who opposes gay marriage, calling it a "slap in the face." But then Robinson was selected this week to give the invocation at the inaugural opening ceremony at the Sunday afternoon concert on the Mall.

Today, Warren issued a statement praising Obama for selecting Robinson, saying the president-elect "has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground. I applaud his desire to be the president of every citizen."

Posted at 3:00 PM ET on Jan 14, 2009  | 

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