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Well, nothing much happened today on the ILLINOIS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROTECTION AND CIVIL UNION ACT Amendment to the "Shell Bill" SB1716.  Its still waiting for a floor vote, which it will most likely get this week... though we don't know when.

I'm just going to spend the rest of the post talking about CALIFORNIA and what this all means for the movement.  Then maybe tomorrow we can return to some SEMBLANCE of NORMALCY around here!

THE DECISION:  BTB breaks down, in plain English, what the Justices were saying about the law and about rights yesterday in their decision.  The only right they agreed gays can be denied now is the right to call their unions "marriage."  Let's not forget that their decision EXPRESSLY says that gays and lesbians still must be afforded the same rights as everyone else. 

DEMONSTRATIONS:  Civil Disobedience abounds in California and around the nation.  In San Diego, dozens of protesters have occupied the Clerk's office, and won't leave until they get licences.  175 arrested protesting in San Francisco yesterday.  President Obama, who has been SILENT about Marriage Equality (not necessarily a bad thing) since the avalanche started, will be greeted by a demonstration by the COURAGE CAMPAIGN at his DNC fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton tonight.  What will his response be to THIS?

RESPONSE:  Watch for this great COURAGE CAMPAIGN commercial starting to air this week.  Though I don't AGREE with the "BLAME IT ALL ON THE MORMONS" meme, here is a funny Big Gay Sketch show response.  

MEET IN THE MIDDLE 4 EQUALITY is planning a MASSIVE demonstration in Fresno on Saturday--you'll recall Fresno--in the center of CALIFORNIA--was one of the heaviest areas of California supporting Proposition 8.  MEET IN THE MIDDLE is hoping that more visibility there will encourage more discussion and help locals see the issue clearer.  



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