mezzanineview: ([Holmes] GLEE)
mezzanineview: ([SPN] beat but not broken)

Anyone who was looking, the lovely [ profile] whenisadoor has made a Leonard "Bones" McCoy only icon post. REJOICE.

Despite having seen Star Trek three times now legally and several more not-so-legally but it wasn't good quality cough, I still wanna see it agaaaaiiin. Considering going to the LA meetup for [ profile] ontd_startrek members and partying it out with them :DDD All depends on if I have time, though. And if I can tolerate LA for a few hours doubt it.

This is pretty much the most precious cast ever assembled. I must make a Star Trek spam post soon, y?

Everyone's said their bit on the Prop 8 ruling and it seems unfair to reopen old wounds, and I'm reluctant to do so. Suffice to say, I didn't think it would get overturned, because it is hard as fuck to overrule a popular vote, apparently. Though, why it was even on the ballot is a mystery, but my state does have its share of fucktards, especially here in Orange County.

But just remember that the court just didn't feel like it could go against Prop 8 because it amended the constitution of the state. It said Prop 8 is legal, not that it's right, which gives us the opportunity to regroup and get on the ballot next year to correct this. With a fire properly lit under the hereto sloppy anti-Prop 8 campaign managers, the memory of the protests that broke out like wildfire after the election, and the small streak of states allowing gay marriage (hopefully to include New York soon), I think we have a good chance of getting gay marriage rights back.
mezzanineview: ([politics] Rachel > you)
I feel strangely vindicated by this whole Rick Warren situation. Don't get me wrong, I hate the guy's homophobic, anti-choice guts (and my views on Obama & Warren & The Situation are fantastically expressed by the great writer and satirist John Hodgman, which I will post under the cut).

What I'm referring to is the minor, but shameful revolt against one Miss Rachel Maddow, post Mike Huckabee interview, by a surprisingly considerable portion of the LGBT community.

Pam's House Blend, I'm looking at you.

My perverse sense of satisfaction sprouts from Rachel's sad, utterly disappointed segment on the selection of Warren yesterday (sidenote: MASSIVE love for teh Gavin, hope he wins his supposed gubernatorial campaign) and her coverage of some of the awful things Warren has said on today's show--comparing homosexuality to incest, pedophilia, and polygamy, banning unrepentant homosexuals from joining his church--and thinking one thing.

I hope you're happy, gays who threw Rachel under the bus after she chose not to take on Huckabee for his homophobic views.

While I'm not thrilled with Obama's choice on this, I obviously still support him, but don't count on him to champion gay marriage )
mezzanineview: ([TDS/TCR] adorable Jon)
Everyone catch the fake news hour and related programs last night? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD SEE. Vids cut to save your flist include Stephen's first segment with Conan O'Brien (OH TEH LOLS) and Jon politely beatin gthe bajeezus out of cuddly Evangelical homophobe Mike Huckabee with the logic stick over the subject of gay marriage. Goodtimes.

cut, cut, cut )
mezzanineview: ([DW] LEIK AHMAHGAH)
Florida overturns gay adoption ban

YES. People with COMMON SENSE. Plz to be letting this epidemic spread to California once again.


Nov. 5th, 2008 06:04 pm
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Gay rights backers file 3 lawsuits challenging Prop. 8

REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES -- After losing at the polls, gay rights supporters filed three lawsuits today asking the California Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8, an effort the measure's supporters called an attempt to subvert the will of voters.

"If they want to legalize gay marriage, what they should do is bring an initiative themselves and ask the people to approve it," said Frank Schubert, co-chairman of the Proposition 8 campaign. "But they don't. They go behind the people's back to the courts and try and force an agenda on the rest of society."

Lawyers for same-sex couples argued that the anti-gay-marriage measure was an illegal constitutional revision -- not a more limited amendment, as backers maintained -- because it fundamentally altered the guarantee of equal protection. A constitutional revision, unlike an amendment, must be approved by the Legislature before going to voters.
The state high court has twice before struck down ballot measures as illegal constitutional revisions, but those initiatives involved "a broader scope of changes," said former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin, who publicly opposed Proposition 8 and was part of an earlier legal challenge to it. The court has suggested that a revision may be distinguished from an amendment by the breadth and the nature of the change, Grodin said

Still, Grodin said, he believes that the challenge has legal merit, though he declined to make any predictions. Santa Clara University law professor Gerald Uelmen called the case "a stretch."

UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said his research found too little case law on constitutional revisions to predict how the state high court might resolve the question.

"There is very little law about what can be done by amendment as opposed to revision," he said.

Jennifer Pizer, a staff lawyer for Lambda Legal, said the initiative met the test of a revision because it had far-reaching magnitude.

"The magnitude here is that you are effectively rendering equal protection a nullity if a simple majority can so easily carve an exception into it," she said. "Equal protection is supposed to prevent the targeting and subjugation of a minority group by a simple majority vote."

Glen Lavy, an attorney for the Proposition 8 campaign, called the lawsuits "frivolous" and "a brazen attempt to gut the democratic process."

The first action was filed by the ACLU, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal. Santa Clara County and the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles also filed a suit, and Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred filed a third suit on behalf of a married lesbian couple. All the lawsuits cited the constitutional revision argument, and two of them asked the court to block Proposition 8 from taking effect while the legal cases were pending.

"The court must hold that California may not issue licenses to non-gay couples because if it does it would be violating the equal protection clause, "Allred said at a news conference.

A California Supreme Court spokeswoman said the court would act "as quickly as possible" on the challenges.

Other lawsuits could follow, but gay rights groups have called on supporters not to file cases in federal court. They fear that a loss at the U.S. Supreme Court could set back the marriage movement decades.

"We think it is early to go into federal court and ask federal courts to say we have a federal right to marry," Pizer said.

In addition to going to court, gay rights advocates sought to assure an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples that their marriages will remain valid.

The groups cited comments by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who has said the initiative was not retroactive. If the marriages are challenged in court, that case too would go to the California Supreme Court. Experts differ on whether the law would protect the marriages.

The California Supreme Court voted 4 to 3 on May 15 that a state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The ruling also elevated sexual orientation to the constitutional status of race and gender, an elevation that provides strong legal protection from discrimination.



Nov. 5th, 2008 04:53 pm
mezzanineview: ([TDS/TCR] :))
Statement by No on Prop 8 Campaign on Election Status
Nov 05, 2008
Results Status

Roughly 400,000 votes separate yes from no on Prop 8 – out of 10 million votes tallied.

Based on turnout estimates reported yesterday, we expect that there are more than 3 million and possibly as many as 4 million absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted.

Given that fundamental rights are at stake, we must wait to hear from the Secretary of State tomorrow how many votes are yet to be counted as well as where they are from.

It is clearly a very close election and we monitored the results all evening and this morning.

As of this point, the election is too close to call.

Because Prop 8 involves the sensitive matter of individual rights, we believe it is important to wait until we receive further information about the outcome.

Geoff Kors
Executive Committee NO on Prop 8

Kate Kendell Executive Committee
NO on Prop 8


Attorney Gloria Allred and her clients, a lesbian couple, who won right to marry in the California Supreme Court will hold a news conference to announce a new lawsuit against Prop. 8

Attorney Gloria Allred and her clients, Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, will hold a news conference today November 5, 2008 at 12:00 noon at 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500 L.A. to announce a new lawsuit against Prop. 8. Prop. 8 intended to ban same gender marriages in California.

Ms. Allred and her law firm represented the couple in their victory before the California Supreme Court. Her clients became the first to marry in Los Angeles County in June.

Ms. Allred will file the new lawsuit today with the California Supreme Court on behalf of the couple. The new lawsuit will contain a new and controversial legal argument as to why Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. Copies of the lawsuit will be provided to the press at the news conference.

It's not over, guys!
mezzanineview: ([FOB] green Patrick)
(from here)

Fall Out Boy gives $50,000 to fight California's Prop 8

You heard it here first.

The popular band had this to say about the marriage ban:

"We believe government shouldn't legislate love. Vote no on proposition 8."

(um, wtf?) Pete Wentz once colorfully referred to Prop 8 as [expletive] lame.




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