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Notes on Proposition Hate

21 November, 2008

The California Supreme Court has declined to suspend the ban on same-sex marriage imposed by voters in the November 4, 2008 balloting.  The Court has determined to take up the constitutional issues raised by both pro and anti-gay marriage supporters.  Proposition Yes on 8, barring gay marriage, was heavily bankrolled by an umbrella group of the Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian and Mormon faiths.

Supporters were pleased that, for now, the constitutional ban remains in place.  Andrew Pugno, general counsel for Protect Marriage called the win for proposition 8 “a victory for the rule of law…in California.”  Many cities and civil rights groups which opposed the constitutional change were confident legal review would result in an overturn of the ban as this has been the case with other attempts to restrict marriage.  The challenger’s briefs are due December 19, with the responses due in January 2009.  Oral arguments will be heard in March 2009.  The Court could also weigh in on issues surrounding same-sex marriages performed since it struck down a related ban in May.

Opponents of Proposition 8 insist that the ban on marriage singles out one class of citizens in denying a right that should be available to all citizens.  Supporters, including many religious groups, believe marriage is a Biblical covenant that should be civilly defined as between one man and one woman, imposing religious restrictions on a secular act.

Religious leaders, particularly those of the Mormon Church, expressed dismay that so many are taking a hostile view of their faith’s leadership simply because the membership voted its conscience in a democratic election. The Mormon Church was the target of anger and activism. Gays and their supporters demonstrated in front of Mormon Temples all over the nation, arguing that no group’s religious convictions should be allowed to stand in the way of equal rights.  Some Mormon leaders are expecting a strong economic backlash with No on 8 advocates calling for boycotts of Utah as well as those doing business with the state.

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  1. 21 November, 2008 21:15

    More than mere boycotts on businesses, many of us will be responding to this discrimination with a National NON-Violent Solution:

    The National Equality Tax Protest will be on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009.

    SOME individuals are FINALLY gathering to TAKE A STAND against persecution from the Mormons & the Christian “Right”.
    No vote will be needed on this one, folks.

    EQUALITY is SIMPLE when you simply include EVERYONE.

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