Prop 8 Language Change Sparks Lawsuit

California Attorney General Jerry Brown last week made some alterations to Proposition 8, the proposed amendment that could ban same-sex marriage in the Golden State.

Rather than presenting the measure as a protective, it’s now prohibitive, reading, “[Prop 8] Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry.” Well, this little linguistic shift isn’t sitting well with social conservatives, who are now trying to take Brown to court. Why? They think the new language with “prejudice voters against the initiative.”

So, when the right’s prejudice, it’s okay. When others could be- well, it’s reason enough to tie up the courts with illiberal, nonsensical lawsuits. God bless America.

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  • Bill Perdue

    The new wording and the broadside denunciation Prop. 8 by the AFL-CIO are good news indeed.

    BUT, we’re still at 51% in the Field Poll. That’s way too close. The fight against Prop. 8 is without question the most critical issue for GLBT communities this year.

    It’s too close because there are always people who llie to pollsters but revert into Mr. Hyde in the voting booth. It happens to African American candidates all the time and goes by the name of the Bradley effect. We have to pull much further ahead to take care of the stealth bigot vote.

    Another major problem is that precious little effort is being made to reach out to women, feminists, African-Americans, Latinos and Filipinos. They’re potential allies comprise large segments of the states population. The failure to invest substanital efforts in winning their support was not the only reason we lost the battle for same sex marriage on the last go-around but it was a big contributing factor.

    It’s a given that fundamentalist preachers, pastors and priests in some of those communities are going to be doing all they can to deny us our rights and if we abandon the field to them we do so at our peril. If we lose we lose big time and on a national scale. The bigots get a big boost. It’s critical that we win and our energy and resources shouldn’t be diverted and wasted campaiging for either of the pigheaded opponents of same sex marriage, Obama and McCain.

    McCain is a rancid right-winger with the Rev. Pat Robertson attached at the hip. Obama is Bill Clinton (DOMA, DADT, NAFTA) in drag with the Rev. Donnie McClurkin attached at the hip.

  • fredo777

    Obama is not attached at the hip to McClurkin.

    Let’s not get ridiculous. Being “attached at the hip” suggests a much closer connection between them than is the case. When is the last time you even heard anything about the two in the same sentence?

    Exactly. He made a mistake in including him in his tour months ago. Get over it.

  • Bill Perdue

    Lots of us would get over it if Obama and the Democrats would get over being bigots, or pandering to bigots or both. But your party won’t.

    You refuse to fire the venomous bigot Leah Daughtry. Instead your party pays to defend her against charges of homophobic hiring and firing.

    Your party won’t even mention us by name it’s so busy pandering.

    Your VP candidate refuses to apologize for voting for DOMA and DADT. He supports giving us second class status, just like Bush, Rove, Palin, the Clintons and Obama by denying our simple right to be married.

    Your candidate even talks to god who told him he agreed that we’re second class citizens.

    Your candidate never repudiated the many homophobes who support his campaign, including Sam Nunn, McClurkin, Daughtry, Biden and the Clintons.

    When you Democrats and Obama get over pandering to bigots with a bigoted position on same sex marriage, passing an inclusive ENDA and the hate crimes bill and repealing DOMA and DADT we’ll get over telling him, and you, where to get off.

  • fredo777


    We get it. You are bitterly against politicians, both democratic + republican. Spare us the extremism, though.

  • Bill Perdue

    Bitter describes the bigot pandering and bigotry of your candidate and your party, plus the Republicans.

    It does not describe the honest reaction of non party hacks, which is anger.

  • fredo777

    Obama is bitter? That doesn’t even make any sense. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  • Bill Perdue

    I don’t have a clue about Obama’s personality, except that people like him are on the make and alsways get rich in office.

    If it wasn’t clear, it’s what Obama does, making pandering a strategy in the same way that Bush, Biden and the Clintons do, that’s a bitter pill to swallow, a bitter lesson.

    We are not bitter, what they do is bitter.

    Trying to claim that opponents of bigotry are drenched in bitterness and hatred or have spots is the kind of idiocy you’d expect from some of the guests on Oprah or Sally Jesse whatsername. It’s not a political statment, it’s psycho babble.

    And yes, we disagree.

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