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CA: New Attorney General Harris Says State Will Not Appeal Prop 8 Decision

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Attorney General Kamala HarrisKamala Harris has made it clear- the state of California cannot afford to appeal the Prop 8 decision and that means that she will “not defend Proposition 8 because it is simply unconstitutional.”

Harris is the newly elected attorney general of California, and her position mirrors that of current attorney general and governor-elect Jerry Brown. This leaves the defense of Prop 8 in the hands of those who have shown that their interests are not in protecting marriage, but in preventing lesbians and gays from being equal.

The Supreme Court of the United States has never actually weighed in on marriage equality. Should they take the appeal from the appellate court, it will be up to the justices to decide whether or not such laws are unconstitutional.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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CA: Pro Gay Marriage AG Candidate harris Pulls Ahead of GOP Rival

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Kamala HarrisIn one of the most bitterly contested races in state history, the Democrat has expanded her lead for California Attorney General.  Kamala D. Harris has 4,291,854 votes as of 4:14 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, with 100 percent of the precincts partially or fully reporting, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The Republican, Steve Cooley, has 4,248,804 votes. Four other candidates trail badly.

Harris has tallied 37,474 votes more than Cooley in the past seven days, giving her at cushion of 43,050.

Full Story from SDGLN

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CA: Appeals Court Schedules December 6th Hearing on Prop 8

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Prop 8A federal appeals court Monday scheduled a two-hour hearing on Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage initiative, for Dec. 6.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has asked attorneys on both sides to devote the first hour of the hearing to arguments on whether anyone has legal authority to appeal the August district court ruling that found the measure unconstitutional. The second hour will be spent on questions of the measure’s constitutionality.

California voters resurrected the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in November 2008. The ruling against the measure by a federal judge in San Francisco is on hold pending the 9th Circuit’s decision.

Full Story from The LA Times

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CA: Gay Marriage Supporter Harris Back in Lead for AG Post

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Kamala Harris, Gay Marriage SupporterIn one of the closest races in state history, the Democrat has clawed back into the lead for California Attorney General.

Kamala D. Harris has 4,044,927 votes as of 4:19 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, with 100 percent of the precincts partially or fully reporting, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

While the Democrats swept all the other state offices, this race in particular is meaningful for advocates of equal rights. Harris supports marriage equality, while Cooley does not. Harris says she will not defend Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, in the courts, while Cooley says he would try to intervene in the court case.

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CA: Gay-Marriage Friendly Harris Comes From Behind to Lead in AG Race (LA Times)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

With nearly 7 million ballots counted, Democrat Kamala Harris holds a razor-thin lead over Republican Steve Cooley in the race for state attorney general. Fewer than 38,000 votes separate the two candidates as thousands of late absentee and provisional ballots remain uncounted. Cooley, the Los Angeles County district attorney, jumped out to an early lead as the votes were being counted across the state Tuesday night.

Cooley declared victory and scheduled a victory press conference for Wednesday morning. But as the race tightened, Cooley’s campaign announced he was canceling the press conference until the race had a more definitive result.

Harris, who trailed in most public opinion polls leading up to election day, is trying to complete a Democratic sweep of statewide offices. All other statewide offices went to Democrats, including the three currently held by Republicans — governor, lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner.

Full Story from the LA Times

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CA: Santa Monica Considering Gay Rights Ordinance

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

California Gay MarriageEqual rights supporters lauded the first chance for an Equal Benefits ordinance in Santa Monica for same sex and heterosexual domestic partners. The intent is to prohibit discrimination from City contractors based on sexual orientation and marital status, bringing practices in line with non-discrimination laws. The ordinance would require contractors to offer the same health insurance and benefits to employees with domestic partners as those offered to employees with spouses.

Starting in 1996 a similar ordinance first gained momentum in San Francisco leading the State to pass an Equal Benefits ordinance in 2003. Los Angeles passed a similar ordinance ten years ago, joining six cities statewide including Oakland and Sacramento. San Diego passed the benefits ordinance this year, which will be used as an informational reference for Santa Monica council members.and 16 cities across the country.

Santa Monica City Council member Richard Bloom will introduce the ordinance as a discussion item at the council meeting Tuesday, Oct 26. Marc Solomon, marriage director for Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights advocacy organization, will testify in favor of the measure.

Full Story from Santa Monica Mirror

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CA: Could New Attorney General Delay Prop 8 Appeal?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

A law professor who supports marriage rights for gays and lesbians said Thursday that the race for California attorney general “could end up mattering so much to the future of Proposition 8,” the 2008 voter measure that reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, the Republican candidate for attorney general, has promised to defend Proposition 8. His opponent, San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, a Democrat, has said she would not challenge a federal court ruling that found the measure unconstitutional.

UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, speaking at a news conference sponsored by Equality California, a gay rights group, said a decision by the next attorney general to defend the anti-gay marriage measure would “significantly” delay a federal appeals’ court decision on the proposition’s legality and probably influence the ultimate ruling.

Full Story from the LA Times

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CA: Long Beach Voters Support Gay Marriage 57-32%

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Long Beach voters support of allowing gay couples to marry has increased since the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008 according to our new LBPOST.com/Probolsky Research poll among likely Long Beach voters. The poll found that 57.8% of likely Long Beach voters would legalize same-sex marriage and 32.3% oppose with 6.5% undecided.

Back in 2008, California voters narrowly passed Proposition 8 which provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. In that vote, however, Long Beach voters differed from statewide voters when 52.45% opposed Proposition 8 (47.55% were in favor). According to our poll, the amount of Long Beach voters who oppose same-sex marriage today (32.3%) is lower than the 47.55% of voters who supported Proposition 8 (thereby opposing same-sex marriages).

Areas of the city that were most in favor of same-sex marriage in 2008 were Downtown, Alamitos Beach and Belmont Shore.

Full Story from LB Post

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CA: Long Beach City Council Supports Prop 8 Overturn

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Long Beach’s City Council, prompted by the city’s Human Relations Commission, came out again Tuesday night in opposition of Proposition 8 and urged in a resolution that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown not expend any resources opposing the ruling overturning that proposition.

In 2008, California voters narrowly approved Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. On Aug. 4 this year, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in a lawsuit that the proposition violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I gladly will support opposition to what I consider, what many of us consider to be a bad law,” First District Councilman Robert Garcia said. “It opposes everything we believe in… “In 2008, this council voted in full support of equality in marriage. That was historically important. Long Beach has been quite a leader in this, and needs to remain a leader.”

Full Story from Gazettes.com

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CA: Schwarzenegger Vetoes Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act, 2 Other LGBT Bills

Monday, October 4th, 2010

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed three gay-friendly bills between S24 and 30 September. PinkPaper.com can report. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Prisoner Safety Act was designed to prevent violence in the state prison system by requiring the state to adopt national LGBT prisoner safety guidelines.

Schwarzenegger also vetoed the Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act. Introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and promoted by EQCA and the California Council of Churches, the bill redundantly protected clergy members from having to perform civil marriages that conflict with their religious beliefs, redundantly protected religious institutions from losing tax-exempt status for refusing to perform a civil marriage, and deepened the distinction in state law between religious and civil marriage by defining the latter as a civil contract that requires a state-issued marriage license.

Full Story from the Pink Paper

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