Posts Tagged ‘proposition 8’

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Prop 8 Date: March 26 – DOMA Challenge Too – Back-to-Back Showdown Over LGBT Civil Rights

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Well here’s the big news, direct from the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, below.

Via Steve Rhodes - click to expand

“U.S. Supreme Court sets Prop 8 oral argument date for March 26

DOMA challenge scheduled for the next day, setting the stage for back-to-back showdown over LGBT civil rights

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 7, 2013) — The U.S. Supreme Court moments ago published its formal argument calendar for March 2013, scheduling oral arguments in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, called Hollingsworth v. Perry, for March 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT (7:00 a.m. PDT).

Another case that is also related to same-sex marriage rights — a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA — will be heard the following day, on March 27, at the same time. That case is called United States v. Windsor.

In granting review to both marquee marriage equality cases exactly one month ago, the nation’s highest court set the stage for potentially landmark rulings on LGBT civil rights that promise to be the most eagerly-anticipated of the current court term. Rulings are expected by the end of June.

The legal issues at stake in the challenge to Prop 8, the controversial 2008 ballot measure that eliminated marriage rights for same-sex partners in California, are two-fold: first, whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and second, whether the proponents of Prop 8 have legal standing to litigate the case.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights filed the lawsuit in May 2009 on behalf two California couples who sought to marry: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo. They are represented by lead counsel Theodore B. Olson and David Boies. City Attorney Dennis Herrera intervened as a co-plaintiff in the case in August 2009, renewing San Francisco’s groundbreaking pubic sector legal advocacy for the broader societal interest to end marriage discrimination against lesbian and gay couples. At trial, Herrera and his legal team provided extensive evidence that state and local governments derive significant societal and economic benefits when same-sex partners enjoy equal marriage rights — and, conversely, that denying such rights inflicts grave injustices on the LGBT community that, in turn, harm government and society at large.

When the high court granted review to the case on Dec. 7, 2012, Herrera said: “The federal challenge to Prop 8 represents one of the most significant civil rights cases to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court in decades, and I’m confident that the high court will reach a decision that reaffirms our Constitution’s promise of equal protection under the law.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s argument calendar for March is published online here:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_calendars/MonthlyArgumentCalMar2013.pdf

The comprehensive timeline of San Francisco’s legal battle for marriage equality since February 2004 is available on City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s website at:

http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx?page=23

The Prop 8 case is: Hollingsworth v. Perry, U.S. Supreme Court, Docket No. 12-144.  The DOMA case is: United States v. Windsor, U.S. Supreme Court, Docket No. 12-307.”

Tink happy tots…

DJH and company, 2008, Civic Center:

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This MUNI 5 Fulton Bus Opposes Proposition 8, Apparently: It Says, “EQUALITY FOR ALL!”

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

This is MUNI’s message to the world:

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Or I suppose this is the message when it’s not “GO GIANTS!

Prop 8 Redux: Hey, Remember When City Attorney Dennis Herrera Marched from City Hall to the CA Supreme Court?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

As Prop 8 winds downs the road, leave us travel back to 2008, when City Attorney Dennis Herrera made an early-morning trip from the west side of Civic Center to the north side.

See? He was fired up:

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Ah, memories.

Oh, I hear he’s a mayoral candidate

Aging Honda Headline: “Some Court Room Judges Can’t Think Straight Because They’re Not Straight”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As seen from the Central Avenue window table at highly-rated Bistro Central Parc in the Western Addition:

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OK fine…

There’s No Way You’ll Get Arrested at the Bay to Breakers – C’mon Down, No Registration Required!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

So here’s the question – what would you do if you were at the Bay to Breakers party and a cop tries to take away your beer or make you pour it out? Would you:

1. Grudgingly comply; or

2. Assume a fighting posture not unlike that of that leprechaun from Notre Dame and then start yelling, “Tase me, bro!”

If you answered 1, then you’ve got no worries, Bro-ham.

Click here to learn about the legalities of BtoB and click here to learn about the practicalities (“Why You Should Crash the Bay to Breakers Even Though It’s Sold-Out“) of BtoB.

See you there!

Via shapeshift

Via bmiller1710

What’s New at the Bay to Breakers 100 Party? The Great Fence of the Panhandle! Will It Fence You In?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Uh oh, this is new for 2011 at the annual Bay to Breakers street party:

Installation of fencing along the portion of the race beside the Panhandle will begin at 12:01am on race day”

What will the fence be made of? Mmmmm….

Will it be an impenetrable paywall such that spectators (and non-spectators) won’t be able to get from the north side of Fell Street to the south side of Fell Street for hours and hours?

Did the residents sign off on this? Don’t think so. Appears as if the Great Fence of the 94117 is the brainchild of the co-sponsoring Western Addition / Inner Sunset NIMBY groups what are partially in charge of the show this year, you know, along with the “owner” of BtoB, that guy that supported anti-gay Proposition 8 even though he doesn’t live in California. Isn’t that funny?

Actually, most of the people who live near the Panhandle aren’t the rich, uptight, old, white, homeowners that the MSM loves to quote all the time.

Typical non-NIMBYs of the Panhandle area having a good time and drinking on a dreaded sunny day. See how non-uptight and non-judgmental they are?

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Anyway, let’s hope the new fencing doesn’t kill anybody

The Mormons are Coming! The Mormons are Coming to Clean Up Parks This Weekend!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

And actually, they’re already here. Anyway,  up to 80,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are fixing on volunteering to clean up 200 state, regional and city parks all over the Golden State on May 8th, 2010.

After that whole Proposition 8 thing, the Mormons* can use all the good ink they can get, right?

Now, how will San Francisco react?

All friendly?

Or all sore, like a year or so ago?

via Daniel R (MisterDarcy)’s photostream

Stay tuned.

*That South Park was heavily edited - the ep. as a whole was actually pretty nuanced, anyway.

80,000 Volunteering to Help Renew California’s Parks on Saturday. Mormon Helping Hands to Perform Necessary Labor at 200 Parks Throughout State

CALIFORNIA, May 4 — Up to 80,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their friends throughout California will volunteer on Saturday, May 8, by laboring in state, regional and city parks that have been hit hard by the recent downturn in the economy.

Under the banner of Mormon Helping Hands, an international volunteer program of the Church that has provided manpower in distressed communities and organized relief efforts after natural disasters, the LDS volunteers have chosen parks in their own communities to perform work that ranges from clean-up and maintenance to painting and construction projects.

“Members of the Church in the 1840s were instrumental in the establishment and building up of the major cities of the state, from San Diego and Los Angeles to San Francisco and Sacramento,” said L. Whitney Clayton who presides over California for the Church. “We want to follow Jesus Christ’s example of service to others by helping to improve the communities in which we live, especially during these tough economic times for local and state governments.”

Church members and their neighbors and friends will perform service in about 200 parks throughout the state. Here are just a few of the projects:

 –  In Sacramento County: Construction of a natural playground, weeding of
     non-native plants, restoration of a pond and other projects at Effie
     Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Funding for Effie Yeaw is being cut
     from the county budget July 1 and the work projects are part of an
     effort to keep the nature center open.
 –  In Coloma: The painting and restoration of several buildings at the
     Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where early members of
     the Church helped to discover gold and spark the Gold Rush. The state
     park has been threatened with closure.
 –  In San Diego: More than 1,000 volunteers will be performing beach
     clean-up projects up and down the southern coast.
 –  In Redlands: Church congregations have coordinated with the city to
     refurbish public facilities and add amenities at local parks. The
     project received a $35,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation to
     cover the cost of materials.
 –  In Red Bluff: Hundreds of volunteers will perform projects at the
     William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park. Ide, an early Mormon, was a
     pre-Gold Rush pioneer who was the first and only President of the
     California Republic under the Bear Flag Party Proclamation of 1846.
 –  In Los Angeles: Church congregations will work with the City of Los
     Angeles to clean and restore sections of the iconic Griffith Park.  LA
     City Councilman Tom LaBonge has been instrumental in supporting the
     volunteer efforts as a model for volunteer and municipal resources
     working in harmony to accomplish a worthwhile project for the
     community.
 –  In Inglewood: the Jesse Owens Community Regional Park will undergo a
     transformation for the first time in 20 years as church congregations
     paint walls, buildings and fences, plant new shrubbery and perform
     general cleanup.
 –  In San Dimas: Church congregations will work to paint, clear foliage
     and clean up on the grounds of  the McKinley Home for Children, an
     organization that helps repair the lives of abused children.

Photos – Huge Crowds in San Francisco React to Proposition 8 Being Upheld

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Just minutes after the news came down from the California Supreme Court this morning, a crowd of hundreds on McAllister Street started marching past City Hall towards Van Ness Avenue. (Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Minister of Information Nate Ballard can be seen Twittering the scene camera left):   

“Prop 8 – A Modern Day Witch Hunt”:

The marchers ended up at Grove and Van Ness to block the intersection with the intent of some them doing whatever it takes to get arrested. Supervisorial candidates Debra Walker and Rafael Mandelman linking up to block the street:

After a while, the people blocking the intersection started to sit down…

…under the pouring sun

Interestingly, all the cops in with the crowd blocking the normally busy intersection were “liason officers” familiar with the Castro area and the No on 8 movement. That’s quite a different approach compared to the way the SFPD handled the White Night Riots of three decades ago.

Non “liason officers” standing guard outside of the scrum: 

The California Highway Patrol was up in the sky – there’ll be no embarrassment for them today, unlike this situation from last year when they didn’t know what was going on at first. Orbiting low and slow with the flaps extended a bit. It’s a living…

All the while, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera was hosting a news conference inside City Hall:

The names of same-sex couples adorn this sculpture in the South Light Court:

Dennis Herrera with Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart:

See what they, and others had to say about today’s decision, after the jump

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Mayor’s Office vs. Towleroad.com – Prop 8 Ruling Delayed to Avoid Riots?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Now let’s see if we can get today’s Prop 8 timeline straight here. This morning, this bit went up on the Azire Times:

“Our source tells us that the [CA Supreme] court has now decided to push pack the ruling for another week or two fearing the ruling would inflame tensions if it ruled on the same date. He said, “‘tensions are running high and the court was asked to move date of ruling.’”

Fair enough. After that, came this “exclusive” from Towleroad.com”

Exclusive: SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Asked Court to Delay Prop 8 Ruling
Confidential sources close to San Francisco City Hall told Towleroad’s Corey Johnson that the California Supreme Court was prepared to release its opinion on Proposition 8 tomorrow,
but decided to delay the ruling after a call from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom reached out to the Supreme Court and asked them to hold off releasing their decision so it did not coincide with the White Night riots,” said our source.

After that, came this:

              STATEMENT FROM NATHAN BALLARD
               COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM

“Today a website posted an item that quoted a false allegation from an unnamed source: “Mayor [Gavin] Newsom reached out to the Supreme Court and asked them to hold off releasing their decision so it did not coincide with the White Night riots.”

“This allegation is not true. We have asked the website to correct the item immediately.”

Is this last statement a “pregnant denial“? Seems a little skimpy, anyway. Is this whole thing a big deal? 

Only Time Will Tell. 

Does the anti-Prop 8 crowd look the rioting type?

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Another Nail in the Coffin for California’s Proposition 8

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Comes word today from Quintin Mecke of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano‘s office about a non-budget related vote in Sacramento. Of course Prop 8 passed by a fair margin in 2008 but judging by the pack of hyenas on the attack in 2009, it might not be around for too long a time.

Just saying. Here’s the latest:

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSES RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROP 8
Ammiano Measure Supports Equal Rights
 
Today the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed House Resolution 5 (Ammiano, D-San Francisco) by a vote of 7 to 3, which resolves that the Assembly opposes the implementation of Prop 8.  H.R. 5 states that Prop 8 is an improper revision of the California Constitution.

On the job (on a State Holiday) in San Francisco, not too long ago.

I am proud of my colleagues and their unequivocal support of equal treatment for all Californians. This resolution speaks directly to the fundamental rights of same-sex couples to have equal protection under the Constitution, rights that cannot be taken away by popular vote. I am confident that the Assembly will support the repeal of Proposition 8 and confirm the basic rights of all Californians,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), author of HR 5.
 
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, added “The Legislature again affirmed the rights of the minority to have equal protection under the Constitution.  If Prop 8 is upheld, it would have a devastating effect on the hard won rights for women, minorities, and the disabled.  We look to the court to extend equal protections of the law to all as the Legislature had done with the passage of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.”
 
The resolution points out that a revision is a substantial change to the underlying principles of the California Constitution, or to the structure of California’s basic governmental plan.  As a result, pursuant to the California Constitution, the Legislature must initiate a change of this magnitude; it cannot be accomplished through the initiative process.
 
A similar measure, Senate Resolution 7, has been introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).  That measure resolves that the California State Senate also oppose Prop 8 on constitutional grounds.  It will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee soon.
 
The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of the state’s gay marriage ban on March 5.  On January 15, sixty-five current and former state legislators, including Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, filed a friend of the court brief seeking to invalidate Proposition 8 because it circumvents basic protections required by our Constitution and eliminates a fundamental right for a minority of Californians. 

To be continued…