furrbear: (Celtic Knot)
From Rev Susan Russell's blog An Inch At a Time: Reflections on the Journey. Rev. Susan surrently serves as President of the GLBT Episcopal group Integrity USA and serves on the staff of All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA, as Senior Associate for Parish Life.

I’m writing this on the plane home from Washington DC, -- where the sense of energy and anticipation of new hopes, new beginnings and new opportunities was positively palpable. The first thing I saw when I got off the plane on Tuesday at Reagan National was the rack of “Yes, We Did!” t-shirts in the airport gift shop -- and the news all week was practically giddy with inauguration, transition team and new administration appointment talk.

Our work with the Human Rights Campaign Religion Council (the meetings I was there to attend) was all about how we – as religious leaders committed to an inclusive legislative agenda – can help move that agenda forward, as we come to the end of eight years of “Don’t Even Think About It” and enter a historic new era of “Yes, We Can!”

And yet.

In California, we face the uphill battle to undo what a multi-million dollar campaign of fear based disinformation did on November 4th when we took a historic step in the other direction of writing discrimination into the state constitution and eliminating the right of same-sex couples to civil marriage by passing, by a narrow margin, Proposition 8.

And what I’m wondering tonight, on this homeward bound flight toward LAX, is if the 2008 California election has not done for systemic homophobia what Hurricane Katrina did for systemic racism -- exposed it to the harsh light of day in a way that it can no longer be either ignored or denied. And I’m wondering if we can’t claim that reality and mobilize around it.

Because here’s the deal:... )









furrbear: (CA Gay Marriage)
From the Sacramento Bee:
The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider complaints by opponentsof Proposition 8 that it improperly revised the constitution to ban gay marriage.

The court declined to stay its enforcement in the meantime.

Court spokeswoman Lynn Holton said the court asked the parties involved to write briefs arguing three issues:
  1. Is Proposition 8 invalid because it constitutes a revision of, rather than anamendment to, the California Constitution?



  2. Does Proposition 8 violate the separation-of-powers doctrine under the California Constitution?



  3. If Proposition 8 is not unconstitutional, what is its effect, if any, on the marriages of same-sex couples performed before the adoption of Proposition 8?
Holton said the court established an expedited briefing schedule.

She said oral argument could be held as early as March 2009.





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