Sunday, November 2, 2008

Kindergartners Encouraged to sign "Pledge Cards" to not harrass Gays

The claim that the legitimacy of a gay / lesbian lifestyle will be taught to kindergartners has been described as ludicrous.

However, we continue to see instances of this very thing taking place.

Fox News reported Saturday that at Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward California, a Kindergarten teacher distributed and encouraged her students to sign pledge card published by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

Signing the card indicates that the student is "taking a stand for a safe and harassment-free school for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."

It would be difficult to see how a student could take such a "stand" without there having been some discussion of what sexual orientation or gender identity/expression meant.

Effectively, the issue is that if this lifestyle or orientation is viewed as legitimate, then teachings regarding this lifestyle must also be legitimate.

Additionally, and this is important to note, the discussion of homosexuality is often being raised in the schools not directly via sex education classes (where parents often have the right to review the materials being used) but rather under the banner of safe schools.

Fox Story

Gay Marriage in Connecticut

On October 10th, the Supreme Court of Connecticut issued a ruling in the case of Elizabeth Kerrigan et al. v. Commissioner of Public Health et al. (SC17716) in which it effectively legalized Gay Marriage in Connecticut.

On October 28th, the ruling became official when it was published in the Connecticut Law Journal. What follows is a mandatory 10-day period when motions for reconsideration can be filed.

It is assumed that on the week of November 10th (the specific date will be determined by a judge in the New Haven Superior Court), Connecticut will begin marrying Gay and Lesbian couples.

That this court decision has received relatively little attention in the press, or apparently among supporters of traditional marriage, is to some degree an indication of how the battle over Proposition 8 in California may have made supporters of traditional marriage a bit myopic. While the battle in California merits significant attention, it is just a single battle. The war over the definition of marriage rages on along many fronts.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hallmark Introduces Gay Marriage Cards

AP reported today that Hallmark Cards, the nation's largest greeting card company is now producing same-sex wedding cards.

The AP story indicated that Hallmark was doing this in response to consumer demand. American Greeting, Hallmark's biggest competitor, apparently has no plans to market same-sex wedding cards.

One wonders what Hallmark would do if consumers "demanded" that Hallmark not produce same-sex wedding cards.

Click below to read the full AP story.

Gay Marriage Cards

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A War We Have Already Won

From time to time the question is raised as to whether there is a "Gay Agenda". Whether or not it would be considered a Gay agenda, or merely a declaration of a goal achieved, the following quote is interesting.

“A solid majority of young people under the age of 24 believe that same gender partners should have the right to marry. So the Supreme Court is just one more battle in a war we have already won, be it for the next generation.” (emphasis added) (Robin Byler, Lesbian News, March 2008, Vol. 33 Issue 8, p. 9)

With the outcome of same-sex marriage in California still to be determined this November by Proposition 8, it would seem clear that the claim of victory is not in reference to legal victory, but rather to having won over the opinions of the coming generation.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Protecting Marriage or Limiting Marriage

The battle of same-sex marriage in California continues.

Earlier this year, those in favor of traditional marriage were able to place on the November 2008 ballot a measure to amend the California Constitution to include the statement, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." This measure, if passed, would be titled the "California Marriage Protection Act." This is proposition 8 on the ballot.

However, taking into account the Supreme Court of California decision in May of this year to allow same-sex marriage, the California Secretary of State gave proposition 8 the label "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couple to Marry," and gave as the first line of the description of the initiative as, "Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry."

Those in favor of traditional marriage felt that this wording was biased and challened the wording in court. Their concern is that with this ballot wording, voters would be less likely to vote in favor of defining marriage as between a man and a woman. On August 8, the Superior Court ruled in favor of the Secretary of State. Although the proponents of the proposition plan to appeal, it is quickly becoming unlikely that the wording will be changed.

To see the official ballot label, click here and scroll down to Proposition 8.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Gay Marriage in Massachusetts

On July 31, 2008, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed a bill which repealed the 1913 law which until now had prevented many same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts.

This law prohibited anyone from marrying in Massachusetts if that marriage would not be recognized in their home state. The state house and senate recently passed this bill to repeal the 1913 law. This bill was unusual in at least two respects:

PG&E Supports Gay Marriage

On July 30th, 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported that the California utility PG&E had donated $250,000 to the No on Proposition 8 campaign. The proposition would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Times reported that PG&E was working to form a business advisory council to encourage other California businesses to work toward defeating the initiative.

That businesses are entering this initiative battle is a change from the initiative battle in 2000 in which businesses generally did not participate.

The full story can be found at -,0,5258899.story

Gay Marriage in California

On May 15th, 2008, the California Supreme court issued a ruling effectively legalizing Same-sex marriage in California. Upon initial reading, the 120+ page decision appears to rely principally on California state law, and the California state constitution.

In the case titled In re MARRIAGE CASES, the California Supreme Court concludes that 1) marriage is a fundamental right protected by the state constitution (p. 5), and 2) that marriage is so important it should not be denied to any loving couple (p. 120).

Although many have decried the decision of the Court as the work of a liberal activist court, even a casual reading of the decision uncovers the history of legislative action which granted same-sex couples virtually all the rights of married opposite-sex couples. Given the actions of the legislature, the Court could find no compelling state interest in prohibiting same-sex couples to marry. The legislature laid the groundwork for this decision.

For those opposed to Gay Marriage, their work on an amendment to the California State Constitution becomes that much more critical. If this amendment had been in place prior to the California Supreme Court addressing this current case, the Court’s decision would likely have been different.

Purpose of the GLBT Blog

The purpose of this blog is to quickly note and create an archive of events taking place in the legal, political, and social battle over Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual rights.