Prop 8 Legislative Resolutions Don’t Mean A Thing// bad timing for same-sex marriage advocates

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.

Source: sfgate.com



California Judiciary Committee Votes 7-3 To Oppose Prop 8//

one of the reps went on to say: “we are not required to represent WHO is in our district, we are voted in by our district to vote OUR OWN IDEAS…” he actually said that. i couldn’t believe it. so, you lie and cheat your way into the position, and instead of doing the job you were hired to do which is REPRESENT the people your district, you bend to special interest, radical groups and undermine the very people who put you in office?

Can you even believe this mess? These radical, self-centered, power-trip-y legislators actually think that they have no obligation to the people who elected them… At least 3 of them stood their ground.

For details about the hearings that took place today, and for her personal account of the rally, visit my blogger friend over at Standing Up For What Is Right!

The CA Legislature Wants to Reject Your Vote// go rally at the capital on Tuesday…

Calling all Nor Cal residents and everyone else who can get to Sacramento by Tuesday. It’s time to get serious and let our government know that we don’t appreciate them ignoring our votes and forgetting who they work for.

Proposition 8 Hearings will be held in these rooms: {Scroll down for background details on the hearings}

HR 5
Tuesday, February 17
10:30am
State Capitol
Room 4202

SR 7
Tuesday, February 17
12:30pm

State Capitol

Room 4203

Here’s the latest update from the DNA: **Ok, so the most recent word is that the opposition is going to be busing people in from San Francisco for the hearings so seating at the actual hearing may be limited, come early. If you have kids, bring water bottles and a few snacks, comfortable shoes. Security is tight there, so remember, no pocket knives etc.

If we have more people come to the hearing than we can fit in the room, we’ll hold a concurrent rally outside the capitol building with a petition signing.  No body will be wasted!  Kids and families are welcome!  Come and be heard!  Wear your yellow shirt if you like!  If it rains, bring an umbrella, we’ll rally in the hallways!

Don't let our legislators stamp this on our ballots! Rally for marriage on Tuesday!

Don't let our legislators stamp this on our ballots! Rally for marriage on Tuesday!

Here are the details on the rally from United Families International:

This resolution would put the Assembly on record as supporting the repeal of Proposition 8 and declaring that the initiative was an improper revision to the California Constitution. -Equality California Website

Dear California Supporters of the Family,

State Assembly and Senate Considering Resolution Encouraging State Supreme Court to Overturn Prop 8!!!

SR7 and HR5

On Tuesday, February 17th at 10:30 am, The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing followed at 12:30 pm by a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Proposition 8. The committees will be considering crafting a joint resolution encouraging the California State Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8. By issuing the resolution the Assembly will officially express its opposition to Proposition 8, calling for its repeal, and stating that it was an “improper revision” to the state constitution.

Read HR5 and Read SR7

Passing these resolutions flies in the face of the will of the voters. Prop 8, was passed by a clear majority of California voters in November 2008. Fifty-two percent of California voters stood up to protect the family, which is the lynch pin of civilization. William Glaston, a former policy advisor to President Clinton, is quoted in the UFI Marriage Advantage Family Guide. He states, “Marriage is an important social good, associated with an impressively broad array of positive outcomes for children and adults alike….Whether American society succeeds or fails in building a healthy marriage culture is clearly a matter of legitimate public concern.”

Don’t let the Assembly take your vote away. Join us in protecting marriage, children and the future of family and our society.

What You Can Do

Attend the hearing. It is taking place Tuesday, February 17th at the state capitol in Sacramento. The Assembly hearing will be in room 4202 at 10:30 am. The Senate hearing will be in room 4203 at 12:30pm. (See hearing info updates above). We encourage you to make the trip. By attending you will send a visible signal to the committee members in support of the family. To get driving directions and parking information follow the click on the links below:

For directions
For parking information

Call the members of the committees and fax letters asking them to vote no on HR5 and SR7

Assembly Judiciary Committee-Vote NO on HR5

Julia Brownley
Phone: 916 319 2041
Fax: 916 319 2141

Noreen Evans
Phone: 916 319 2007
Fax: 916 319 2107

Mike Feuer (Chair)
Phone: 916 319 2042
Fax: 916 319 2142

Dave Jones
Phone: 916 319 2009
Fax: 916 319 2109

Steve Knight
Phone: 916 319 2036
Fax: 916 319 2136

Paul Krekorian
Phone: 916 319 2043
Fax: 916 319 2143

Ted Lieu
Phone: 916 319 2053
Fax: 916 319 2153

Bill Monning
Phone: 916 319 2027
Fax: 916 319 2127

Jim Nielsen
Phone: 916 319 2002
Fax: 916 319 2102

Van Tran
Phone: 916 319 2068
Fax: 916 319 2168

Senate Judiciary Committee-Vote NO on SR7

Ellen Corbett
Phone: 916 651 4010
Fax: 916 327 2433

Dean Florez
Phone: 916 651 4016
Fax: 916 327 5989

Tom Harman
Phone: 916 651 4035
Fax: 916 445 9263

Mark Leno
Phone: 916 651 4003

Mimi Walters
Phone: 916 651 4033
Fax: 916 445 9754

Please forward this to your friends and family members. We believe that through a grassroots movement, we can secure a safe future for families in our state.

United Families California

These links are courtesy of Beetle Blogger: Read HR5 and SR7