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Judge Walker lifts ban at City Hall, San Francisco.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/12/california.same.sex.ruling/index.html?hpt=T2

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(08-12) 11:14 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Lesbian and gay couples were lining up this morning at the San Francisco clerk’s office, hours before a judge is expected to rule on whether same-sex marriages can resume while his landmark decision in the case is appealed.

Rod Wood, 56, and his boyfriend of seven years, Roger Hunt, 52, were the first in line at San Francisco City Hall. The San Francisco couple said they wanted to be there in case the window of opportunity to wed was small.

Wood proposed to Hunt two days ago, and the couple got rings Wednesday night at the Stonestown Galleria mall in San Francisco. If the two get married, they plan to celebrate their honeymoon by taking a motorcycle trip to the Sierra Nevada.

“I’m trying to remain calm, but I don’t want to be devastated if the stay isn’t lifted,” Hunt said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker intends to rule today on whether same-sex marriage can resume. Last week, Walker invalidated Proposition 8, which was passed by voters in 2008 and bans same-sex marriage in California, but he immediately put in place a stay that froze enforcement of his ruling.

His action – expected between 9 a.m. and noon – will either lift the stay, which could enable gay and lesbian couples to get married, or to leave it in place, which would maintain the ban.

At least 15 couples had lined up at City Hall this morning.

One couple, Teresa Rowe, and her girlfriend of five years, Kristin Orbin, both 31, arrived at 4:30 a.m. from Fairfield. They were playing it safe; rather than wait in line at the clerk’s office, they were sitting on the steps of City Hall to see whether Vaughn would lift the stay.

The clerk’s office, meanwhile, was girding for the likely onrush of same-sex couples seeking to get married.

“We’re fully prepared,’ said deputy county clerk Alan Wong. “We’re fully ready.”

There were several Prop. 8 supporters outside City Hall. Some carried signs reading, “Yes on 8.”

Don Grundmann, 58, of San Leandro showed up at 7 a.m. to protest.

“I had to be here at Ground Zero,” Grundmann said. “We had to stand up to judicial tyranny.”

Tour buses have passed by City Hall, and some on board have been cheering same-sex couples outside.

Chronicle staff writer Rachel Gordon contributed to this report.

E-mail Justin Berton at jberton@sfchronicle.com.

via Same-sex couples lining up at City Hall.

IllegalInAmerica:

I am watching the live feed right now from City Hall, San Francisco, where people are waiting to hear the ruling from Judge Walker.  These two douches are talking and this dude sounds like a total idiot talking about how the Judge should not have this decision.

My heart goes out to the people who are waiting in line today.  I hope that you get the chance to marry the person that you have been with for what is most likely many years, and you deserve all the rights and everything that everyone else has.

I will keep you posted on what the results are, expected within minutes.

IIA

Schwarzenegger calls for same-sex weddings – Yahoo! News.

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer 5 mins ago

SAN FRANCISCO – Legal calls to immediately resume gay marriages in California began Friday when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions telling a federal judge it was the right thing to do.

The motions came two days after U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s voter-approved gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

In his 136-page decision, Walker said gay marriages should begin immediately. But later Wednesday, he agreed to suspend weddings until he could consider legal arguments he ordered to be filed by Friday.

Opponents of same-sex marriage said they want Proposition 8 to stay in effect until their appeal of Walker’s ruling is decided by higher courts.

They argued in court papers filed earlier this week that resuming gay marriage now would cause legal chaos if the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or U.S. Supreme Court eventually reverse Walker.

The 9th Circuit received the case on Wednesday, hours after Walker issued his decision.

On Friday, Schwarzenegger and Brown were the first to weigh in on the issue and both urged an immediate resumption of gay marriage.

Lawyers for two same-sex couples who filed the lawsuit that led to the landmark ruling were expected to file their arguments later Friday.

It was unclear when the judge would issue a ruling on the possible resumption of same-sex marriages.

The governor and attorney general almost always defend state laws when they are challenged. But in this case, both refused to participate in fighting the lawsuit that led Walker to overturn the ban.

Brown is the Democratic nominee for governor on the November ballot and he previously called the ban unconstitutional.

Schwarzenegger has been more circumspect on his Proposition 8 position and his motion to immediately resume gay marriage was his boldest pronouncement on the issue.

“The administration believes the public interest is best served by permitting the court’s judgment to go into effect, thereby restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California,” lawyers for Schwarzenegger said in the legal filing. “Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect.”

Brown also said it’s time for gays to begin marrying again.

“While there is still the potential for limited administrative burdens should future marriages of same-sex couples be later declared invalid, these potential burdens are outweighed by this court’s conclusion, based on the overwhelming evidence, that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional,” Brown said in his legal filing.

The outcome in the appeals court could force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether gays have a constitutional right to wed.

Currently, same-sex couples can legally wed only in Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

California voters passed Proposition 8 five months after the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions and an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples already had tied the knot.

Walker presided over a 13-day trial earlier this year that was the first in federal court to examine if states can prohibit gays from getting married without violating the constitutional guarantee of equality.

Supporters argued the ban was necessary to safeguard the traditional understanding of marriage and to encourage responsible childbearing.

Opponents said that tradition or fears of harm to heterosexual unions were legally insufficient grounds to discriminate against gay couples.

IllegalInAmerica Says:

Yes, resuming marriage now will be more confusing later down the road, what, when the PROP 8 Supporters win?  I THINK NOT!

Schwarzenegger, you really pulled one out for the first time… thanks!  “Equal Dignity and Respect!,” Said the Terminator.

Of course we should squash PROP H8 on its head… like the moment it began, where were all of you when this shit was going down two years ago, and there was no support to tell Prop 8 to go fuck themselves.  Yes, I see it all too clearly now.  Yet, support has come… is it the right time?  Is it too late?  Wow, I sound like Galadriel…

Peace!

IllegalInAmerica


San Francisco, California (CNN) — Both proponents and opponents agree that the legal battle surrounding same-sex marriage in California is far from over.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled the state’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. However, Chief U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco granted a temporary stay, which stops his decision from taking immediate effect.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples,” Walker, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Ronald Reagan, wrote in his opinion.

Supporters of Proposition 8 argued, prior to Walker’s ruling, that same-sex marriages would be performed soon after his decision and could be complicated by rulings and appeals farther down the legal road.

via Both sides agree legal battle on same-sex marriage far from over – CNN.com.

IllegalInAmerica says:

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Yesterday, I was able to attend the SF Prop 8 Reversal Rally at San Francisco City Hall.

Unfortunately, due to my work schedule, I was not able to partake in the actual march that happened from Castro street to City Hall.  When I arrived at City Hall with my roommate Dominic, there was a medium-large size crowd standing outside of City Hall in celebration (please see my videos and pictures below).  Everyone there seemed so impressed and happy that something had finally gone our way.  I felt proud to live in this awesome city of San Francisco during these times.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples”  WOW!  What a statement.. something that I’ve been telling everyone and anyone who will listen.  This has nothing to do with any of the 7,000,000 plus people who feel that it is right to put their views on other people, WHEN WE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR PROTECTION AND EQUALIZATION UNDER THE LAW, just like everyone else.  Well, I hope that this is an indication that we will not back down, not from this… don’t hate, GET RID OF PROP 8!  (Yes, I just came up with that one by myself!)

Peaceout Everyone, I enjoy reading your comments!

IllegalInAmerica


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Hello everyone,

I took these pictures today at the rally, and will be adding videos of the rally tomorrow.  They aren’t much. Because I couldn’t find the cord to my camcorder, I used my cell phone, which didn’t do that bad of a job.  There were so many people out there who were so happy, and who cared so much about this… damn. 

If you have any comments and want to share, please feel encouraged to.  Also, you can subscibe to this blog for automatic email updates at the top of my menu.

Best,
Illegalinamerica

Prop. 8 supporters plan appeal before ruling.

(08-03) 19:18 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A federal court ruling on the right of same-sex couples to marry in California is scheduled to be released today – and opponents of gay and lesbian nuptials are already making plans to appeal.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco will decide whether Proposition 8, the November 2008 initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman, violated gays’ and lesbians’ right of equality under the U.S. Constitution.

After court officials on Tuesday announced plans to release the decision, Prop. 8‘s sponsors filed papers making it clear they expect to lose this round. They asked Walker, if he rules against them, to leave the ban on same-sex marriages in place while they appeal.

Lawyers for Prop. 8’s backers told the judge they are confident that any such ruling would be overturned on appeal. They said a stay would honor the will of the voters and would not harm same-sex couples, who can still register as domestic partners.

Walker presided over a nonjury trial in January, the first ever held in a federal court on the issue. The plaintiffs, two gay men from Burbank and two lesbians from Berkeley, testified that their hopes to be married were thwarted when voters overturned the May 2008 state Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

The plaintiffs’ witnesses also included researchers who said sexual orientation has no relationship to successful parenting and that marriage in the United States is an evolving institution.

The conservative religious coalition that sponsored Prop. 8 offered testimony that the male-female definition of marriage is universal and that children are better off with married, biological parents.

The city of San Francisco joined the lawsuit on the plaintiffs’ side. Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to defend Prop. 8 and said he considers it unconstitutional.

Walker’s ruling, due sometime between 1 and 3 p.m., is certain to be appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 or 2012.

A group that supports same-sex marriage has announced a march from the Castro district to City Hall, starting at 5 p.m., followed by a rally from 6:45 to 8 p.m.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/03/BAF11EODM9.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz0vfjP74ag

Illegal In America:

Wow, hopefully within the next few hours we will know what the Federal Judge Walker has decided.  I think it’s pretty dumb that the supporters of PROP 8 know that they will most likely get defeated, as they well should.  People who give a shit about this issue either want equal rights, or do not think that the fellow citizens living around them deserve the same rights that they do.

When this does get repealed today, this case is obviously going to continue its adventure into bigger, badder courts, but I really hope that Walker ends Prop 8, at least temporarily, now.  As you saw at the end of the article, anyone in San Francisco that wishes to walk can do so from the Castro to the San Francisco City Hall.

Let’s show them who they are dealing with and give this fight a voice!

Protests planned ahead of Arizona’s controversial immigration law – CNN.com.

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — By Jim Roope, CNN Radio

“Days before Arizona’s controversial law targeting illegal immigration takes effect, demonstrators are finalizing their plans to descend upon the state capital to show their support for or opposition to the measure.

The protests will include busloads of labor union members from Los Angeles who oppose Senate Bill 1070 because they believe it promotes racial profiling,

They plan to dare law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, to put SB 1070 to the test, according to Maria Elena Durazo, one of the organizers of the rally.

“We will not be carrying ‘papers,’ ” said Durazo, of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “We will let them know we are coming, and we will tell them: Arrest us for being brown or black, arrest us for being suspicious.”

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The protesters include immigrant students, religious leaders, day laborers and members of several unions including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Teamsters and the Utility Workers of America Union.”

How I so wish that I could be there!  I would love to demonstrate and see what the SB-1070 will do to people who live in the area, and equally important, the people going to Arizona from LA and other areas to demonstrate.  Now is the time for us to fight for equal rights for immigrants who are in the US “illegally”.  We have a broken ass system that needs to be fixed, and very soon.  It is obvious that enough people will be fighting on both sides of this issue… once again, someone will always have to pay the heavy price… with National immigration reform looming, I really hope that something amazing is done that gives America a good name – again, if that is ever going to be possible.

D