Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Proposition 8 - A Link Dump

"A coalition of more than 50 labor unions Tuesday urged the California Supreme Court to overturn a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state."

Some thoughts from Bill Camp, Executive Secretary of Sacramento Central Labor Council: "The word marriage has power. It's meaningful to people," he said."And when you get married, it's not really about sex. A big component is a commitment by the kin of that one person's family to that individual (marrying into the family). They are going to treat him as their own. I made that commitment to my (gay) son-in-law."

The Reverend Al Sharpton had some powerful and appropriate things to say regarding the involvement of church groups in the passing of Proposition 8: "There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people's bedrooms and claim that God sent you."

"It amazes me," he said, "when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being [relegated] into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners."

Equality Maine unveiled a bill on Tuesday that would extend civil marriage rights to same sex couples.

Don't forget that you can read all the Proposition 8 filings with the California Supreme Court here.

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