Margaret Talbot of The New Yorker on Prop 8 Trial
- Created: Tuesday, 12 January 2010 16:36
- Written by Chris Jarvis
For the best up to minute information on the Federal Prop 8 case, visit The American Foundation for Equal Rights which is the group bringing the case against Prop 8. This site is the best resource for information about the trial, although we have provided various other links to keep track of the proceedings.
From the American Foundation for Equal Rights... The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 began today with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to litigate the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Opening statements will be followed by testimony from Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, who comprise two couples who wish to be married but who were denied marriage licenses because of Proposition 8. After the opening statement David Boies gave the direct examination of Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami. Read Olson's opening statement by clicking here
You can follow live Twitter updates from the trial by clicking on the following link...Live Updates From the Trial
Jennifer Vanasco of 365Gay.com is also providing live Tweet updates from the Federal Prop 8 Case. You can view her contributions HEREYet another source for keeping track of the Federal Prop 8 case. This one is through the Courage Campaign with Rick Jacobs writing from the courtroom. Many lengthy dialogues which are occurring in the courtroom are written out here. Prop 8 Trial Tracker - Courage Campaign
WASHINGTON Beginning in 2010, the Obama administration, through the Office of Personnel Management, has started to list gender identity among the classes protected by federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies. By including gender identity as a protected class, the federal government is stating its commitment to protecting transgender employees and has taken a significant step toward ending employment discrimination of LGBT people in the federal workforce.Although a long-standing federal law prohibits any federal employment decisions that are not based on merit and another law prohibits sex discrimination, the new EEO policy marks the first time that gender identity discrimination has been explicitly banned from the federal workplace. The policy is now on the federal governments jobs Web site as a link from more than 20,000 current federal job listings. The American Civil Liberties Union praised the Obama administration for initiating the change in EEO policy and urged Congress to continue to work for further protections for LGBT Americans. Read the rest of the story here.
From MercuryNews.com...A judge today approved a limited form of broadcasting the trial in the legal challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage, concluding it is the type of case that warrants breaking with traditions that generally ban cameras in federal courts.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker approved court-operated cameras in his courtroom for delayed release on YouTube, but rejected a bid by media organizations to televise the proceedings themselves for live broadcast.
Walker, by approving some broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial, became the first federal judge in the West to make use of an experimental program put in place recently by the 9th Circuit Judicial Council, which sets policy for federal courts in nine states, including California.
Walker rejected the arguments of Proposition 8's defenders, who opposed any broadcast of the proceedings outside the San Francisco federal building. It was not clear from Walker's remarks how long the delay would be for the video to be posted on the Internet.
The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a challenge to Proposition 8, approved by voters last year to restore California's ban on same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples sued in May 2009 to overturn the law. The trial is expected to last several weeks.
Gay Central Valley is pleased to announce that we have joined as a sponsor for the Proyecto Poderosos Orgullo y Poder Latino Leadership Conference, which will be held in Fresno on Saturday, January 23rd. Below you can find all the details of the event, courtesy their official website... http://www.crla.org/index.php?page=orgullo-y-poder-latino-conference
Poderosos Orgullo y Poder Latino Leadership Conference - Your
Voice is Your Power! A leadership conference for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people in rural California, and our allies.
Conference Overview: Our goal is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and allies, in particular those who speak Spanish, to build understanding and support for LGBT people and their families in rural California. The central theme of the conference is Your voice is your power. The conference will inspire and train leaders to share their stories and build peer support networks in rural communities. The conference dovetails with California Rural Legal Assistances new speakers bureau a bilingual (Spanish and English-speaking) pool of LGBT people and allies, who will share their personal stories with community groups, agencies, schools, churches, and media outlets in order to humanize LGBT people and their families. Personal story-telling and social networks of LGBT people and supportive friends and family members can dispel anti-LGBT myths and stereotypes to promote greater inclusion in otherwise socially conservative communities.
Our day-long conference will train 75 leaders from the following California communities: Fresno, Salinas, Watsonville, El Centro, Bakersfield, Coachella, Delano, Visalia, Madera, Stockton and Modesto. You can learn more about CRLAs LGBT focused program, Proyecto Poderoso, by visiting our website at http://www.crla.org/index.php?page=orgullo-y-poder-latino-conference. This program is a joint project with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and has received widespread recognition for its success in improving LGBT-related legal services and advocacy in rural California.
1. How to share your story
2. How to create a peer support group
3. Developing positive self-identities as LGBT Latinos
Conference Date & Time: 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, January 23th
Conference Location: First Congregational Church of Fresno,
2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.
Fresno, CA 93704
Conferencia de lideazgo: Orgullo y Poder Latino de Proyecto Poderoso
La Conferencia: Nuestra meta es empoderar a lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgéneros (LGBT) y aliados, en particular aquellos que hablan español, para crear entendimiento y apoyo por las personas LGBT y sus familias en California rural. El tema central de la conferencia es Su voz es su poder. La conferencia inspirará y entrenará líderes para compartir sus historias, además de crear networks de apoyo en las comunidades rurales. La conferencia se complementa con el nuevo foro de voceros LGBT de CRLA - un grupo bilingüe (español e ingles), de personas LBGT y aliados, que compartirán sus historias personales con grupos comunitarios, agencias, escuelas, templos, y medios de comunicación para así humanizar a las personas LGBT y sus familiares. Las historias personales y networks sociales de personas LGBT además de familiares y amigos que apoyen pueden disipar mitos anti-LGBT y estereotipos para promover su inclusión en comunidades que de otra manera fueran conservativas socialmente.
Nuestra conferencia que durará un día, entrenará a 75 lideres de las siguientes comunidades: Fresno, Salinas, Watsonville, El Centro, Bakersfield, Coachella, Delano, Visalia, Madera, Stockton and Modesto. Puedes enterarte más acerca de Proyecto Poderoso, el programa de CRLA enfocado en la comunidad LGBT, visitando nuestra pagina de internet http://www.crla.org/index.php?page=conferencia-orgullo-y-poder-latino. Este programa trabaja en colaboración con el Centro Nacional por Derechos Lésbicos (NCLR) y ha recibido una gran cantidad de reconocimiento por su éxito en mejorar los servicios legales relacionados a la comunidad LGBT, además de su apoyo en las zonas rurales de California.
1. Como compartir tu historia.
2. Como crear un grupo de apoyo mutuo.
3. Desarrollando identidades positivas como latinos LGBT.
Fecha de la Conferencia: 9am a 5pm, sábado, enero 23 de 2010
Lugar: First Congressional Church of Fresno,
2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.
Fresno, Ca 93704
GAY CENTRAL VALLEY is a participating nonprofit in the "Give A Day - Get A Disney Day" program. Click HERE for all the details...
Give A Day - Get A Disney Day is a new program, spearheaded by the Disney Parks, to celebrate and inspire volunteerism. The program, which starts January 1st, has set a goal of enlisting one million volunteers throughout the nation to help nonprofit organizations in 2010. In return, the volunteer receives a free pass to a Disney park.
It works like this...individuals sign up on the Give A Day - Get A Disney Day Official Website, then search and select from a list of eligible volunteer opportunities with participating organizations. Once the volunteer participation with the selected group is completed, the individual obtains verification from the organization, provides it to Disney, and receives a one day pass for a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland® theme park, absolutely FREE!
Disney Parks is operating the program in cooperation with the HandsOn Network, which has 250 on-the-ground volunteer action centers across the country and connects volunteers to more than 70,000 nonprofit agencies that need their help.
Gay Central Valley has joined the list of nonprofit organizations which will participate in this important program.
Gay Central Valley is looking for volunteers to participate in such areas as...
Our organization is in need of logo redesign and also new logo creation. This volunteer opportunity can be completed from home.
Seeking assistance with distributing business cards and brochures. Items will promote our nonprofit organization. This will mainly occur in the tower district, but also other local book stores, etc. Literature to distribute can be picked up and the time frame is flexible.
Assistance needed with expanding our online outreach via Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc.
Our goal is to expend our reach outside of the Fresno/Clovis area to other communities in the central valley. This opportunity would include working in an office environment and mainly contacting existing "friends" on social networks to become involved and to expand the existing network of "friends".
As a new nonprofit organization, we are seeking assistance in locating donations of items to raffle. This volunteer opportunity would involve working in our office and contacting local and national organizations (mainly online via forms and email) to secure needed items to fundraise.
Seeking assistance with making telephone calls to potential advertisers. Also making phone calls to build an LGBT friendly community directory.
Listen to Bill O'Reilly introduce Adam Lambert as "that gay guy" then excuse it because he says "that's what he trades on" when talking to Barbara Walters about her choices for her "fascinating people" special, which aired just last week...
This is a video montage of Gay Central Valley's first fundraiser as an official 501(c)(3) organization. The event took place at The North Tower Circle on Saturday, December 12th, 2009. Complete videos of the night's events can be seen on our YouTube Page starting on Monday, December 14th.
Fresno LGBTQ returns to Christmas Tree Lane. This evening the lane will be closed to cars (walking only).
We will sing a mix of traditional holiday favorites and some very special holiday songs with unique "equality" themes to them. Please review the following PDF for the songs list:
We will be providing a FREE hat or scarf to a limited number of participating carolers!
Come and sing with the group or come to cheer us on and be supportive.
If you are on N Van Ness Ave, we will be in the front of the empty lot on the west side of Van Ness, between Indianapolis and Holland.
More details at: http://www.FresnoLGBTQ.com
RSVP on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185113486300
About Us: Founded in 2005, we are a social activity group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and allies. We get together once a month to interact socially and have fun. Get out from behind your keyboard, have a nice conversation in a non-bar atmosphere. This is a fun time, once per month to get together with like minded people.
The campaign to collect signatures in order to qualify a ballot initiative for the 2010 election has officially started. On Monday, November 16th, Love Honor Cherish launched Sign For Equality, an online site dedicated to gathering enough signatures to place an initiative on the ballot in November of 2010 which, if successful, will repeal California's Proposition 8.
The site offers Training Videos, ways to organize and find teams locally and downloadable petition and signature forms. While the website offers the resources, signatures cannot be gathered online or through email, all signatures must be obtained in person, pen to paper. Gathering of signatures will not be driven by major gay groups as has happened in the past. This campaign will rely on an all volunteer army of signature gatherers, working locally on their own or in teams. This appears to be a much smarter approach, rather than a select group of volunteers standing post at shopping malls.
In order to be eligible to be placed on the ballot next year, 700,000 valid signatures are required. Since there are always signatures which are disqualified during the approval process, about 1,000,000 signatures need to be gathered. The deadline for signatures to be gathered and submitted is APRIL 5TH, 2010.
The approved language of this ballot initiative is the following...
We, the undersigned, registered, qualified voters of California,
residents of __________ County (or City and County), hereby propose amendments
to the Constitution of California and petition the Secretary of State to submit
the same to the voters of California for their adoption or rejection at the
next succeeding general election or at any special statewide election held
prior to that general election or otherwise provided by law. The proposed
constitutional amendments read as follows: This amendment would amend an
existing section of the California Constitution. Existing language proposed to
be deleted is printed in
strikeout type. Language proposed to be added
is printed in underlined type.
Section 1. To protect religious freedom, no court shall interpret this measure to require any priest, minister, pastor, rabbi, or other person authorized to perform marriages by any religious denomination, church, or other non-profit religious institution to perform any marriage in violation of his or her religious beliefs. The refusal to perform a marriage under this provision shall not be the basis for lawsuit or liability, and shall not affect the tax-exempt status of any religious denomination, church or other religious institution.
Section 2. To provide for fairness in the
governments issuance of marriage licenses, Section 7.5 of Article I of the
California Constitution is hereby amended to read as follows: Sec. 7.5.
marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Marriage
is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
If you plan to help the campaign, be advised that there are strict guidelines for forms and signatures gathered. Signatures can be disqualified if all procedures are not followed, so please visit Sign For Equality and read all the details.
The effort to repeal Dont Ask, Dont Tell will likely
come next year as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, rather
than through a standalone bill, according to gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Frank
said in an interview with the Blade that repealing the 1993 law barring gays
from serving openly in the military would happen as part of the fiscal year
2011 defense authorization bill.
The House will take up and the Senate will take up Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal, he said. That will again, like hate crimes, even more so, will have to be done, I believe, in the context of the defense authorization. You cant do the standalone bill. It belongs in the defense authorization.
Frank said lawmakers would seek to amend the defense measure to include a provision repealing Dont Ask, Dont Tell. Such a move would mimic the way Congress recently enacted the hate crimes measure.
Event: Advent Lessons and Carols with the Fresno Gay Men's Choir
When 5:00pm November 29th
Where: 519 Douty Street Hanford, CA
Event Cost: FREE
Ticket purchase location: No tickets necessary
Event Contact Name: Kyle Anderson
Event Contact phone: 559-584-7706
Website address: www.saviourweb.com
Come and join us for a traditional service of readings, carols and choral pieces. The Fresno Gay Men's Choir has been providing quality choral performances since its founding in 2005