Sunday, December 30, 2012

VIDEO: Maine Marriages Begin

Obama Backing Marriage Equality in Illinois

Courtesy Chicago Sun Times

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield.

"While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

"As he has said, his personal view is that it's wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally," Inouye said.

The lead sponsors of the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), intend to put the measure up for a vote during the upcoming January lame-duck session.

The toughest challenge for gay marriage backers will be winning passage in the Illinois House. Prospects for approval in the Illinois Senate--where Obama once served--are brighter.
The practical impact of Obama urging his home state to legalize gay marriage is to prod--and give political cover to--reluctant Democrats from conservative suburban and Downstate districts.

Read More HERE

VIDEO: Don't Miss Cooper & Griffin On NYE

VIDEO: LGBT 2012 Headlines

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays from Gay Central Valley...

Remember to recognize the value of those in your lives and to fight EVERY day for equality for all Americans...

We look forward to a more progressive year in 2013...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

EVENT: Gay Central Valley END OF THE WORLD Fundraiser

According to the Mayan Calendar...Friday, December 21st marks the END OF THE WORLD...
Gay Central Valley's Annual Holiday Fundraiser happens THIS FRIDAY at the North Tower Circle...and we have some GREAT raffle prizes...including...

Director's Club Passes to Reel Pride 2013...San Francisco Theater Tickets...Local Theater Tickets...Caroline's Creations Gift Basket...Rachel Rage Derby Package...Original Artwork...Erotica Books...1939 Wizard Of Oz framed movie poster...Wine Tasting for 10 at Engelmann Cellars...StudzFashions Gift Basket...Autographed copies of "From Pride To Privelage"...Personal Photo Session...Ameneties Spa & Salon Gift Card...Clovis Floral Gift Card...and more

The END OF THE WORLD PARTY includes GoGo Dancers...Drag Duet Performances...Sexy Santa Photo Op and Holiday Drink Specials...$5 at the door benefits Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center...

Friday, December 7, 2012

VIDEO: Huff Post Discusses Supreme Court Ruling

Court Document

Here's the official release from the Supreme Court on the cases they will hear...

BREAKING: AFER Announcement

Courtesy AFER (American Foundation for Equal Rights)

The moment we have been fighting for has finally arrived. The U.S. Supreme Court just announced that they will hear our federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.

This news is monumental. Now, more than ever, we need your help.

AFER's legal team, led by distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies, will now submit written briefs and present oral argument by April 2013. They successfully argued our case in Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, showing that Prop. 8 violates basic constitutional principles. And now they will defend those victories before the highest court in the nation.

Will you stand up and let your voice be heard with a gift that declares your support for the freedom to marry? Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000.

Your contribution is tax-deductible and will help AFER's legal team in their efforts to strike down Prop. 8 and secure marriage equality for all Americans.
AFER brought this federal constitutional challenge to Prop. 8 because denying gay and lesbian Americans the fundamental right to marry is unfair, unlawful and contrary to basic American values. We have shown the nation that marriage is a fundamental freedom, and that all Americans should be afforded the same fundamental rights, regardless of how they are born and who they choose to love.
We could not have gotten to this point without the financial backing of donors and the everyday actions of our supporters.

And with your support today, loving couples like our plaintiffs, Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, will soon be able to say "I Do."

BREAKING: Court Will Hear Both Prop 8 And DOMA Cases

From SCOTUS Blog...

Prop. 8 is granted on the petition question -- whether 14th Am. bars Calif. from defining marriage in traditional way. Plus an added question: Whether the backers of Prop.. 8 have standing in the case under Art. III. 

Trying to sort this all out, it is clear that the Court has agreed to consider the merits case in Prop. 8, because that is what the petition presented as its question, but that it is also going to address whether the proponents had a right to pursue their case. If the Court were to find that the proponents did not have Art. III standing, that is the end of the matter: there would be no review on the merits of Proposition 8, or of the 9th CA decision striking it down.  

In Windsor, the government petition (12-307) is the one granted. In addition to the petition question -- whether Sec. 3 of DOMA violates equal protection under 5th Amendment, there are two other questions: does the fact that government agreed with the 2d CA decision deprive the Court of jurisdiction to hear and decide the case, and whether BLAG (House GOP leaders) has Art. III standing in this case.  

Trying to sort out DOMA: The case has agreed to consider the merits issue of the constitutionality of DOMA Section 3, it has also given itself the option of not deciding that issue. If it finds that neither the Executive Branch could bring its appeal, and that BLAG lacked Art. III standing, then presumably both of those petitions would be denied. At that point, then, the Court might have to consider whether it wants to hear another DOMA case. But that probably would not be done in time for this term's close.  

BTW Although the Court is ruling on Prop. 8, there is nothing in the order that would lift the 9th CA's stay. So marriage licenses in Calif. will have to wait until this case is decided.  

Arguments in gay marriage cases around Mar 25-27, decision around June 27.

BREAKING: Live Blogging at SCOTUS in Anticipation of Ruling

SCOTUS BLOG is now live blogging regarding the same sex marriage decisions. No news just yet but it could come at any moment, or it may take some time. You can watch the conversation LIVE by clicking on the above link and hitting play on the live blog box just below. News comes as they receive it.   

UPDATE: Just posted:
Many readers are focused on Prop. 8. The situation right now: it remains pending, has not been granted, has not been denied, may not appear at all on any orders list today or Monday. If there is nothing by Monday, the 9th Circuit's stay of is decision remains in place, and no marriage licenses can be issued in CA to same-sex couples.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mormons, Gays, and Misleading Headlines

The following is a case in point of why it is good to read past the headlines on your Facebook feed....

The headline screamed:

Mormon Church Calls For Compassion Toward Gays, Says Homosexuality Is Not A Choice

This week the Mormon church launched a new website geared toward explaining the church's evolution of thought in terms of gays and lesbians and which calls for all Mormons to love one another.

One might read that and get excited.... one might start to imagine the Mormon church joining us in the present and accepting LGBT people.

One would be disappointed.

An official statement posted on the new website reads:

The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

So.... really? Not much has changed

It's not a sin to be who you are... it is just a sin to accept who you are and act accordingly 

Progress? Maybe... but we still have a long way to go.

Fresno Stonewall Democrats Meeting

Fresno Stonewall Democrats will meet on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at
Carrow's Restaurant 4280 N. Blackstone at Ashlan in Fresno.

Dinner and social 6:00 P.M. Meeting 7:00 P.M. Our speaker will be Fresno County Democratic Party chair Michael Evans on "Where we go from here." We also will be nominating officers for the 2013-14 term of office and discussing other issues of interest.

Fresno Stonewall Democrats represents the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Fresno and the surrounding area through the Democratic party.

For more information visit email or call 266-9237.