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COFFEE 527 - Your Complete Prop 8 Coverage and NEWS ON ILLINOIS CIVIL UNIONS!

Well, if you're unaware, and didn't read my blog last night, CALIFORNIA's Proposition 8 was upheld by the court yesterday.  Here's some coverage.  Here's a legay's (gay lawyer) take on the language.  Noone seems happy--not the gays (and allies), and especially not the Religious Right because the court said that gay couples still have the fundamental right to all of the same protections and that Prop 8 ONLY forbids them from using the term "marriage," nothing else.  However, we DON'T know how the White House feels about it.  Just because MARRIAGE is illegal between same-sex couples in California, doesn't mean that they can't get MARRIED in California (an interesting take).  Interestingly, President Bush's Solicitor General in Bush v. Gore just filed a Federal Prop 8 challenge.  Traffic was blocked in L.A. and S.F.  Thousands marched around the country after the decision was announced--from California to INDIANA--and hundreds were arrested around California in Civil Disobedience.  Meanwhile the Governator urged calm.  I think things are going to get even harrier in the next few weeks.  Even San Diego Pride called for peaceful Civil Disobedience.  EQCA says Prop 8's repeal is going to be on the 2010 ballot, and if it doesn't pass that year, on every ballot every election year after until equality is reached.  California Politicians were on Rachel Maddow last night, saying they think Prop 8 stands no chance in the future. JOIN THE FIGHT TO REPEAL IT!  Visit!

In the mean time, what could we call Same-Sex Unions in California?  The court says we have to allow them, but they can't be called "marriage."  Here is an interesting proposal to call them "weddings."  Same-sex couples could get "wedded."  

Don't forget, this probably pained the justices to do.  Prop 8 overturned their ruling, so it was a slap in the face, but they had no choice.  The Constitution is the Constitution.  

This could turn ugly, though.  

ILLINOIS CIVIL UNIONS ALERT:  Yesterday the House Youth and Family Committee tacked on the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act as an amendment to the Senate "Shell Bill" SB1716!  This act will allow all couples to get Civil Unions in Illinois 30 days after it is enacted!  Thank you Box Turtle Bulletin for the tip!

I've been holding back on updating on ANYTHING except for Prop 8 and Illinois Civil Unions but I have a lot more to talk about.  Look for that today!



the Aceman said…
I like the idea of weddings / wedded and I thought about the following: carriage ceremony / we'd get carried ... or a pairage ceremony and we'd get paired.
Oh well ... I like yours best!

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Chris Geidner: In Iowa, judges are ousted.

Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!