Same-Sex Wedding Bells Ring Again in California

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Aug. 12, 2010

Federal Judge Vaughn Walker denied the defendants motion stay his Aug 6 decision that overturned Proposition 8, deeming it unconstitutional.

The court ordered, “That judgment shall be DENIED until August. 18, 2010 at 5 PM PDT at which time defendants and all personals under their control or supervision shall cease to apply or enforce Proposition 8.”

It is expected that same-sex marriages will re-commence Thursday Aug. 19

ABA Calls for Eliminating Legal Barriers to Same-Sex Civil Marriage

Idaho State Bar Association Executive Director, Diane Minnich, admitted to having wished she could have heard the debate over the American Bar Association resolution which urges, “state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminated all of their Legal barriers to civil marriage between two person of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry.”

The ABA is the nation’s leading legal organization. “The ABA is a voluntary organization, said Minnich, we as a mandatory organization are regulatory entity for the most part and don’t take a stand on any of those issues.”

The Idaho Attorney General’s office said they have “no reaction to or position on” this morning’s resolution.

The ABA said they will now use its lobbying staff and its overall position as the voice of the American legal profession to advance this policy.

Minnich explained Idaho has two delegates, one appointed by the ISB who Minnich says is likely to vote the way they think Idaho Lawyers would vote. The other delegate is elected by the ABA votes as they feel appropriate.

An ABA staffer confirmed with the House of Delegates Chair that the resolution was clearly passed on a voice vote so there is no official count. Idaho delegates Idaho Larry Hunter and Michelle Points were not available for comment on how they voted.

Local Reaction to Prop 8 Ruling

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Aug. 6, 2010

“We’re so filled with hope for same-sex couples in Boise and across the country who want to get married,” an Idaho couple told Citydesk.

Jade and Ria—who prefer to go by their first names—were among 18,000 couples legally married when they lived in California before Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Prop. 8, Aug. 4 saying, “it disadvantages gays and lesbians without any rational justification” and it “violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.”

“The ruling declared that my wife and I are as human as straight people,” said Jade.

“Using the word ‘wife,’ with all the legal weight of the institution of marriage, is very important to me,” said Ria. “There’s no mistaking my wife for my business partner.”

“Judge Walker made detailed factual findings on three central questions,” said Monica Hopkins, executive director of ACLU of Idaho. “Whether gay people are bad for kids; Whether our relationships are the same or different from those of straight people; and how exactly allowing us to marry would harm heterosexual marriages. Those three questions are key touchstones of the marriage debate all across the country. To have them not only answered, but demolished on the facts after a full trial, is a turning point in the national discussion.”

The court found lesbian and gay couples are monetarily harmed by being banned from marriage, something Ria and Jade know well. “We would have gotten $3,000 more back in federal taxes last year if the federal government recognized our marriage.”

Walker ordered a temporary stay until Friday in order to give both sides a chance to file legal papers on an appeal process that is widely expected to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We need to continue the fight for equal rights in Idaho and across the country. Everyone has a part to play in making that happen,” said Hopkins.

Clear Channel Defends Defamatory Speech Against LGBT Community

Clear Channel and nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host, Jim Quinn, are once again on the hot seat with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. GLAAD is calling on Clear Channel to take responsibility for Quinn’s “pattern of ugly, defamatory attacks against the LGBT community.”

On Quinn’s Jul. 28 show, The War Room with Quinn and Rose, talking about the Boy Scouts Quinn said, “You don’t send gay men and young boys out together … But I would give you that pedophilia is far more rampant among the gay community that it is among the strait community.”

Freedom of speech is a right guaranteed to all Americans even if that speech is unpopular or distasteful. Yet, yelling fire in a crowded theater, when there is no fire, is a crime because it endangers people’s safety. Many gay groups believe this is hate speech, and as such, should rise to the same standard because it endangers LGBT people.

GLAAD’s Director of National News, Cindi Creager, told As I See It, “It is time for Clear Channel to stop enabling Jim Quinn’s troubling pattern of on-air abuse that “creates a hostile climate and puts our community in harm’s way.” GLAAD has requested an on-the-air apology from Clear Channel.

Clear Channel’s Chief Communications Officer, Lisa Dollinger, denied GLAAD’S request stating, “Differing views were presented in the broadcast itself and no apology for this discussion was warranted.“

During the three minute dialogue, Quinn’s co-host, Rose Tennent said, “Most gay men have nothing to do with the young boys … I wouldn’t want to say that all gays, you risk any gay leader, you risk a pedophile moment, because that’s not true. I have many gay friends who would never consider that.”

GLAAD claims Clear Channel’s response sends a message that it’s comfortable providing Quinn a platform to spread misinformation and they are benefiting from it financially.

Reminiscent of the recent Shirley Sherrod tape editing fiasco, Dollinger, seems to suggest Media Matters, who obtained the audio file, pulled an Andrew Breitbart stating the clip she was sent, “appears to have been edited and cut their dialog short.”

Creager told As I See It, “Media Matters made the entire clip of the questionable segment available. GLAAD transcribed that clip and included it in our Call to Action”.

Quinn has a history of making anti-gay comments, saying that “Gay sex produces AIDS” and “Thanks to the homosexual AIDS lobby, AIDS is a civil right.”

Dollinger was contacted for comment but did not respond.

PROP 8 RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

CNN just reported U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in today historic decision regarding the out come of the Proposition 8 trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger in favor of same-sex marriage. Proposition has been ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL and has been overturned.

SEE ALL THE VIDEO EVIDENCE IN CASE:

Prop 8 – Judge Walker’s Full Decision

“Zero Gravity Escapee”

As usual I was up late the other night watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His guest Mary Roach author of the book Packing for Mars, discussed her book and the technical requirements of NASA testing toilets in space. No joke!

Hilarious and oddly interesting, I made the decision to steal the term “escapee” Roach revealed NASA uses to describe an runaway, well you know.

Definition: Use your imagination!

My new snarky phrase for the rabidly homophobic and transphobic among us will now be coined “Zero Gravity Escapees”

Used in a sentence… Zero Gravity Escapee, Garry Glenn returns to Idaho to gloat!

Poor Scott Lively Mocked on The Daily Show

Jason Jones interviews Scott Lively on The Daily Show
July 28, 2010 in Gay Reichs

Scott Lively Jason Jones Daily Show Homosexual Nazi “It’s not easy to be the person who tells the truth when a large part of the population doesn’t want to hear it. Frankly, I wish I had gotten a different assignment actually … I would have loved just been hanging out on the beach someplace but instead I got stuck with dealing with Homosexual Nazis.”
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