" So, in the end, it means everything, or , well, nothing at all "
- L. Birnbach
Maybe it was a good thing that the k+b was down for a few days - giving me a chance to think about writing this, instead of just throwing darts at ALL the haters, and goodness knows there were lots of them on the airwaves. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
" Arnold is doing a movie with Matthew Perry, The Terminator gets some Friends" ?
For the news obsessed homos out there, this has been coming down the pipeline for a year or so, slowly, molasses in January slow.. crossing t's and dotting i's. Freedom isn't free and all that sort of thing. And the Internet rumors had been up and down for weeks, TOMORROW! for sure, this time. My husbands , cousins, friends hairdressers brother works for Judge Walker...but, we found out Tuesday that , sure enough tomorrow was May 17th, 1954, maybe.
Into the new town square we spilled. Refresh, refresh, refresh....together , alone. Everyone knowing that for the most part the " gays are icky" defense of Prop 8 had just been so unbelievably weak, that the Bush I appointed Judge would not, could not have any other choice but to find in favor or Ms. Perry , the wonder team of Olson and Boies had brought it home. Tick, tick , tick...
Joe Jervis , over at his wonderful and daily quoted here on the k+b, blog, Joe.My.God. became the de facto clearing house. " We gather together...", at one point, his blog, which gets a zillion hits and comments a day, went quite, not a single comment for a couple of hours before the ruling came out, we were all just there, on the edge of our seats. Am I an equal American , in the eyes of my Government , to you ? The official website of the court had long since been overwhelmed and was just the " spinning pizza wheel of death", to quote Logan Spencer. I had a live feed from Ch 7 in San Francisco, which was just a camera pointed at the crowd gathered at the court house. NYT, HUFFINGTONPOST, TOWLEROAD, refresh, refresh, refresh.
Then around 4:30 it appeared that someone at of all places New York Magazine really did have the husband's, cousin's , friend's hairdresser.... because they were the first one to leak, a good half an hour or so before anyone else that YES, indeed , it was time to pop those Champagne corks! Gay daddy bear Judge Vaughn Walker had SPANKED the dumb as a sack of hammers right wing haters and had come down from the mountain top with the big one. Not a minor , " oh please sir, may I have a wedding " , but a great big heaping bowl of " get the fuck out of the way Mormon Church and Tony Perkins, we are having a throw down tonight"
The ruling quickly became a little rainbow " Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ". Everyone getting all red eyed reading on line, it really was a dream ruling from out dream team. From Wikipedia :
On August 4, 2010, the Court announced its decision in favor of the plaintiffs, thus overturning Proposition 8 based on the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause. Judge Walker's decision concluded that California had no rational basis or vested interest in denying gays and lesbians marriage licenses. He further noted that Proposition 8 was based on tradition and moral disapproval of homosexuality, and that those two things are not legal grounds for discrimination. He also noted that gays and lesbians are exactly the type of minority that strict scrutiny was designed to protect.
Notably, more than half of the opinion is devoted to Judge Walker's 80 findings of fact and the evidence in support. These findings of fact are important because appeals courts and the Supreme Court generally defer to them when crafting their own opinions. Some of those findings include:
Individuals do not generally choose their sexual orientation. (Finding of Fact (FF) #46, p. 75)
No credible evidence supports a finding that an individual may, through conscious decision, therapeutic intervention or any other method, change his or her sexual orientation. (FF #46)
Marrying a person of the opposite sex is an unrealistic option for gay and lesbian individuals. (FF #51, p. 79)
Domestic partnerships lack the social meaning associated with marriage. (FF #52, p. 80)
Proposition 8 has had a negative fiscal impact on California and local governments. (FF #64, p. 90)
Gays and lesbians have been victims of a long history of discrimination. (FF #74, p. 96)
Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians. (FF #77, p. 101)
Neil has read the entire thing, and says that it is just a work of art, I am waiting for a printed copy, but will read it. GO FOR IT, all you ipady kinddley folks.
Claude Rains and the Usual Suspects
"Cry havoc! and let loose the dogs of war ". Question : If, back in 1954, cnn/fox/msnbc had all been around, would they have RUSHED to put the grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan on the television, decrying the injustice that had just been done to his once great country with Brown v Board ?? I think we all know that Fox would , but really cable news, even if your only criteria is the Southern Poverty Law Center, THINK a little before putting the talking heads of hate onto your tv..
- HERE they all are in all their unhooded glory. Don't really even bother, only putting it here for some reference. You know the spiel : " its for the children " , " states rights " " Adam and Eve , not Adam and Steve " ,.. blah, blah, puking blah.
- IF you do choose to wade in that sewer, go HERE to clean up, the reaction from the side of the Angels...
Newt. ( sigh..)
If you need a bigger sign that he thinks he can beat Sister Sarah in Iowa , then here it is. "Judge Walker's ruling overturning Prop 8 is an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife. In every state of the union from California to Maine to Georgia, where the people have had a chance to vote they've affirmed that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Congress now has the responsibility to act immediately to reaffirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman as our national policy."
I put on the facebook that " Newt standing up for the sanctity of marriage was like me coming out in favor of speedos." Let's review; the lesbian sister ( family values ) and 2, 3 and 4. Wife #1.. who you make sign the divorce papers while lying in the hospital bed eaten up with some nasty cancer , to be with the woman you were cheating on her with. Wife #2 is by your side as you scream and yell about Bill Clinton being a cheat and all WHILE already banging wife #3. You Sir, are a special kind of pig... proving again that not all pigs are equal, King Pig, Newt.
and , crazy.. soon to , please, be called home PAT :
Well, we do have to give him props for breaking the long held secret that " yes, gay men can ,and do , at the drop of a hat, or a ruling of freedom, break into line dancing" Kudos there !
This one I take personally, " The Homosexuals want to destroy the church". Really, Pat, you vile piece of rotting bat shit? Then why have I been alone all fucking Summer long as my husband is out working , hard, for the church ? Why , do I know so damn many gay and lesbian Christians if they are working to destroy it. Do you read the Bible there Pat, or just use it to prop your blood diamond reports on.
I am truly bringing bad karma onto myself for this next one, and really, I do try to only be a beacon of goodness and light, but.. really, this mans time is up. I will even take a pineapple casserole to the widow Robertson.. but Oral needs a buddy in hell.
You will need a palate cleanser, a little silver dish of mango sorbet :
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One of my favorite parts of the aftermath was the HRC being omnipresent getting all roostery and crowing about this v-i-c-t-o-r-y! When at the beginning of the trial when Olsen and Boies started this, were all timid and head in the sand about it, " oh, no, wait, don't be bold.. we might offend " , but come up out of the floorboards to take a little credit where none was due. Good job guys , way to have a little
There is no question that this is a HUGE gamble. Really.
The four horseman -Roberts, Scalia , Scalia two..errrr, Thomas, and Alito - could EASILY stick to their Roman Catholic dogma and allow that " gays are icky" is a perfectly valid legal point. Stare Decisis and Bowers v Hardwick and Lawrence v Texas ( even Loving v Virginia) be damned!
BUT, the tri-6 bearing Justice Scalia himself stated that : " Lawrence v Texas can and will lead to full out groom on groom dancing and the gay marriage " or , you know, something close to that.
So, it's back to the waiting game.
There was , as there seems to always be, a little cloud in our silver lame lining. Justice Walker put a stay on his own ruling and gay marriages will not take place there in California for a bit, .. just giving both sides time to get the appeals all up and running. Smart move.. cautious move. BUT, in a surprise stance by both the Governor of California and it's non billionaire Governor wanna be , Schwarznegger and Brown have sued to get marriages happening again ASAP!
From the Sacramento Bee : " In an extraordinary court filing, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Friday that gay marriages be allowed to resume immediately in California after a federal ruling that the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional." ( the rest )
So, there you have it, Prop 8,( ←watch this one) the never ending story. I will do my best to keep you abreast of the goings on.. since I do know many of you have those " lives" things and don't live and breath this stuff. Liberty and Justice for who ?.....yeah, baby.