The resolutions are symbolic with a capital “S.” Not only are they certain to pass the Legislature on a virtual party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed, but they also don’t mean a thing because the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on Prop. 8’s validity next month, with a decision coming in late spring.
Just another example why it is important to get out and vote your conscience and defend your values. You never know when these “gutless wonders” (love the nick-name given them by Euripides, in a comment on this blog post) aka legislators, who will try to pull a fast one and say something like we saw quoted yesterday at the blog, Standing Up For What Is Right!
“we are not required to represent WHO is in our district, we are voted in by our district to vote OUR OWN IDEAS…”
Sickening……Our elected officials actually think we don’t matter.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for the gay rights advocates who journeyed to Sacramento Tuesday to lobby for a pair of resolutions saying that Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California approved by voters in November, was an illegal revision of the state Constitution and should be overturned.
Not only did torrential downpours cut the lobby day turnout from the advertised 2,000 people down to 700 drenched activists, but the ongoing budget fight also meant there weren’t many legislators around to lobby.
Floor sessions forced the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee to cancel a hearing on SR7, the anti-Prop. 8 resolution by San Francisco’s Mark Leno. But the Assembly Judiciary Committee managed to get its meeting in and passed HR5, by rookie Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, on a 7-3 vote.
Did anyone attend the rally yesterday? Tell us about it in the comments section. I’m headed to Nor Cal on Friday, I’m sad I missed it.