Posts Tagged ‘same-sex’

This MUNI Bus Commands San Franciscans to “Imagine No Religion”

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for you.

As seen on Divisidero:

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Isn’t the stained glass theme a little sacralicious? Mmmmm.

Anyway, the bus ads match the billboards. Let’s hear from the FFRF:

“Without religion, Prop 8 would not have passed. It is a fact that organized religion was responsible for revoking marriage equality in California. Proposition 8 was conceived by the megachurches and church leaders, bankrolled by donors from denominations such as the Mormons and religious-right groups, and vociferously promoted from the pulpits of Roman Catholic, fundamentalist Protestant and Mormon churches,” added Gaylor.

O.K. then.

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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Civil Disobedience Promised in S.F. if Supreme Court Affirms Prop 8 on Tuesday

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The anti-Prop 8 crowd in San Francisco has managed to express itself without getting arrested so far but all that might change on Tuesday, when the California Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling.

Read below for some of what’s planned.

There’s lots of interest in this issue around town - here’s Market Street a few month’s back:  

Civil Disobedience if the Court Upholds Prop 8

“This morning, the CA Supreme Court announced that next Tuesday, May 26, we will have a decision about Prop 8. A dangerous precedent has been set that any minority’s rights can be stripped away at the ballot, but the Supreme Court has the opportunity to restore justice and sanity.

“Our rights hang in the balance. Now is the time to act. Next Tuesday, join us for an interfaith prayer service at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco (at the corner of Church & Market). Following the service, we will march down Market St. to the Civic Center, where we’ll gather with our community to hear the Court’s decision.”

Tuesday should be memorable no matter how the Court rules.

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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Huge JumboTron Erected for Crowd Following Proposition 8 Hearing in San Francisco

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

This is just like a sports match today in Civic Center- hot dog vendors, Jumbotron TVs broadcasting the action, and cheers and boos from the home team fans.

Get the play by play from Attorney General Jerry Brown and see a bit of the action below, via the photstream of Steve Rhodes – He’s Everywhere you Want To Be.

Let’s take a look:

Repeal Prop 8, Separate Church and State:

And a word to the Court Justices: “Don’t Eff It Up.”

To Be Continued…

Huge Turnout for Anti-Proposition 8 “Eve of Justice” March in San Francisco

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

This is what it looked like this evening in San Francisco’s Castro District, the starting off point for the Eve of Justice march to the Civic Center. Tomorrow, the California Supreme Court will hear the challenges to Proposition 8.

A large crowd gathering near the Castro Theatre. Click to expand:

Joseph Smith had 34, Brigham Young had 55…

What civil rights Would Jesus Deny?

Headed towards Civic Center:

Stewie Griffin:

Lots of people and lots of signs filling Market Street.

It will start up again tomorrow morning…

Attorney General Jerry Brown Twitters His Opposition to Proposition 8

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

It appears that former California Governor Jerry Brown will be a-Twittering away tomorrow to keep Twitter-ees apprised of Proposition 8 developments at the California State Supreme Court in San Francisco. 

Also, he just released his thoughts about Prop 8 (in old-school “140+ character” format):

Proposition 8 Should Be Struck Down

by Jerry Brown

The California Supreme Court finds itself center stage tomorrow when it will hear oral arguments on whether it should uphold Proposition 8′s ban on same-sex marriage. The case touches the heart of our democracy and poses a profound question: can a bare majority of voters strip away an inalienable right through the initiative process? If so, what possible meaning does the word inalienable have?

Who will be the next to catch Twitter fever?

“The state faced a dilemma like this before. In 1964, 65 percent of California voters approved Proposition 14, which would have legalized racial discrimination in the selling or renting of housing. Both the California and U.S. Supreme Courts struck down this proposition, concluding that it amounted to an unconstitutional denial of rights.

As California’s Attorney General, I believe the Court should strike down Proposition 8 for remarkably similar reasons – because it unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and deprives them of the fundamental right to marry.

More after the jump

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March Forth on March 4th – Anti-Prop 8 Eve of Justice Rally Tonight in Civic Center

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

This is the way it will go tonight, starting at 5:00PM in the Castro, per SF FYI Net:

Eve of Justice: Lighting The Way For The Supreme Court. Gather at Market and Castro from 5:00PM to 6:00PM for pre-march rally in Harvey Milk Plaza. March steps off at 6pm down Market Street to the CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:45pm for vigil program, re-commitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. [map]  For more information contact ca-sanfrancisco@marriageequality.org

These two were at the candlelight vigil in November – will they come back tonight?

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Then on Thursday, March 5th, 2009, the 100,000 March Supreme Court action begins.

See you there!

Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club Announces Election Results

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

It was democracy in action last night at the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club annual election in San Francisco’s Women’s Building (“A Home of Our Own”) on 3543 18th Street in the Mission district.

A large turnout with the line of voters spilling downstairs. Click to expand:

After a bit of requisite contentiousnousness involving President Rafael Mandleman’s expected milk run for District 8 Supervisor next year, the 2009 election results for the Harvey Milk Club are:

Rafael Mandelman, President
Donna Linden, Vice President for Internal Affairs
Hale Thompson, Vice President for External Affairs
Bobbi Lopez, Vice President for Political Affairs
Michael Lee, Eboard Internal
Kimberly Alvarenga, Eboard Political
Catherine Cusic, Eboard Events and Fundraising

Kirby Ramstad, Eboard Organizing
Margot Reed, Eboard Outreach
Patricia West, Eboard Outreach

Stephany Ashley, Recorder
Paul Hogarth, Correspondent
Bruce Wolfe, Treasurer

Congratulations!

The Romantic, Possibly Gay Sea Lions of San Francisco’s PIER 39

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

These fellows appear to be enjoying a quiet moment at the otherwise busy Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. Do some animals display a same-sex preference?

Anyway, look for these California sea lions yourself the next time you’re around Pier 39. You know, this is their season in San Francisco. Read up on their storied history here.

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