They have threatened the justices of the California Supreme Court with a recall if the Court invalidates Prop 8. They’ve threatened supporters and donors to Equality California while at the same time asking a federal judge to allow their donors (and only their donors) to avoid the legal requirements of disclosing contributions to the Yes on 8 side.
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About a dozen gay and lesbian couples came to the Statehouse today to talk about why they think they should be allowed to legally marry in Maine.
And, they handed out Valentines to state lawmakers as they made their way into the morning session.
“Our stories, our lives, our love and our commitment to each other are what is truly at the heart of marriage in Maine,” said Jill Barkley of Portland who spoke with her partner, Diane Hitchcock, at her side. “Being able to legally commit to one another as spouses will secure our life together and provide added protection for our future family.”
The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition is lobbying legislators to support a bill sponsored by Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, who is sponsoring a bill to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Maine.
Opponents of the measure will gather at St. Paul Center in Augusta from 3-5 p.m. today for a talk called “Ramifications of Genderless Marriage in Maine.” That talk is sponsored by the Maine Coalition of Concerned Families.
See Gay marriage supporters hand out Valentines
Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Augusta,ME,USA
The Colorado Independent, has broken a story of some interest to those following the money trail of the California anti-gay marriage amendment battle this past Nov. While many of us have focused on the impact of the Mormon Church on passage of the amendment, Ernest Luning has uncovered the impact of Focus on the Family. See Report shows Focus on Family both anti-jobs and anti-gay
Michigan Messenger, Michigan -
Lambda Legal and ARCW File Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of HIV Positive Woman Denied Surgery by Healthcare Provider
(Milwaukee, WI, February 12, 2009) — Lambda Legal and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) filed a federal lawsuit today in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on behalf of Melody Rose, a 35-year-old Wisconsin woman who was denied surgery to remove her gallbladder because she has HIV.
“Discrimination in healthcare remains a major problem for people living with HIV,” said Peter Kimball, Director of the Legal Services Program at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW). “In violation of both federal and Wisconsin law, Dr. Steven Cahee refused to provide needed medical treatment to our client, Melody Rose.”
Lambda Legal and ARCW represent Melody Rose who experienced health problems with her gallbladder while incarcerated at Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Fond du Lac. Ultimately, her physician referred her to Dr. Steven Cahee at the Fond du Lac Regional Hospital to have her gall bladder removed.
However, Dr. Cahee refused to perform the surgery after learning Ms. Rose is HIV-positive. Some time thereafter, a surgeon at a different medical facility removed Ms. Rose’s gallbladder in a laprascopic procedure, which is considered routine surgery.
“Dr. Cahee’s actions fly in the face of ethical behavior for a medical professional,” said Scott Schoettes, Staff Attorney with Lambda Legal’s HIV Project. “Long ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established that using universal precautions — which are required in all sorts of medical situations, including surgeries — makes it extremely unlikely for the virus to be transmitted in this setting.”
The complaint filed today alleges that the defendants –- Steven M. Cahee, M.D., Agnesian HealthCare, Inc., and Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, S.C., violated four different state and federal laws. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its state law counterpart, which both prohibit disability discrimination by places of public accommodation (including healthcare providers); the Rehabilitation Act, which requires recipients of federal financial assistance not to discriminate against people with disabilities; and a Wisconsin law addressing HIV discrimination specifically, which forbids healthcare providers from denying services to people (or humiliating and degrading them) based solely on their HIV status.
The case is Rose v. Cahee, et al.
Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Staff Attorney, is handling the case for Lambda Legal. He is joined by co-counsel Peter Kimball, of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
The money war over Proposition 8 shows no signs of letting up.
Opponents of the measure, which banned gay marriage in California, said today that they plan to file a second complaint with the state alleging the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints deliberately did not disclose its financial contributions to the Yes on 8 campaign.
Californians Against Hate already filed one complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, sparking an ongoing investigation of whether the church violated campaign finance laws. The church has repeatedly said it did not violate any rules and was not trying to hide how much the church gave.
Records released last month show the church donated about $198,000 to the Yes on 8 case.
“I’m calling this Mormongate,” Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, told the Associated Press. “I think there’s been a massive coverup.”
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
Musicians including Michael Bublé, Dave Grohl, Adele and Dave Stewart will be wearing white knots at this year’s Grammy awards, in a new campaign for same-sex marriage. See Hollywood’s ‘white knots’ for gay marriage
Gay NZ – New Zealand
SAN DIEGO — Ion Theatre, a small but well-regarded young theater company, has vacated its performance space in what it calls a protest of the property owner’s personal contributions to Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we make this decision,” said Glenn C. Paris, Ion’s producing artistic director. “(But) we believe theater teaches us to act.”
The Grantville theater space, known as the Lab @ the Academy of Performing Arts, had been Ion’s full-time home since fall 2007, though the company has staged occasional shows there since 2003. Ion subleased the space from the performing arts school that in turn leases from the property owner, the Caster Cos.
See Theater company leaves in protest
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
The Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce will be discussing the potential economic effects of gay marriage Tuesday. The group, which is affiliated with the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, will discuss a bill sponsored by Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, that would permit gay marriage, said Scarborough Chamber President Bob Nadeau.
The Portland Regional Chamber is trying to decide whether to endorse the gay marriage bill, said Chris Hall, president of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The issue came to light after The Williams Institute, a think tank affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, contacted the Portland Regional Chamber about an economic impact report that the institute is creating. Institute officials told Hall they believe passing the gay marriage law would have a $49 million positive impact to Maine, Hall said.
The report is not finalized, Hall said, but he expects to receive it within the next week.
See Chamber to explore the economics of gay marriage
KeepMEcurrent.com – Scarborough,ME,USA
Gays-rights proponents and opponents ramped up their rhetoric for and against Jon Huntsman Jr. on Wednesday — two days after Utah’s Republican governor revealed that he backs civil unions and other rights for same-sex couples.
“After that initial shock, I was incredibly impressed with him,” said gay-rights advocate Jacob Whipple, who staged a candlelight vigil outside of the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday night to show support for Huntsman.
But earlier in the day, at the Capitol, opponents criticized the governor’s stance, which includes support for traditional marriage but also rights for same-sex couples.
“He is simply dead wrong on this issue,” said Frank Mylar, an attorney who belongs to the Utah Coalition
See ‘Pro-family’ groups scold Huntsman; gay-rights advocates laud him.
Salt Lake Tribune, United States
Lawrence “Larry” King wasn’t sexually harassing fellow eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney in the weeks leading up to King’s shooting death, prosecutors contend in court documents.
McInerney was the aggressor, teasing the effeminate King for weeks and vowing to “get a gun and shoot” him, according to a prosecution brief. Multiple students provided accounts of a growing hostility between the two boys, the document shows.
Their dispute ended in tragedy a year ago today when McInerney allegedly armed himself with a .22-caliber revolver and shot King in the back of the head twice in an Oxnard classroom as the school day was beginning.
“In the days before the shooting, the defendant tried to enlist others to administer a beating to Larry,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox wrote in a “statement of facts” filed with the brief. “When that failed for lack of interest, he decided to kill Larry.”
Prosecutors said they provided their most detailed account to date of the events leading to the classroom killing to counter the defense’s argument that murder charges against McInerney, then 14, were improperly filed in adult court.
See Details in gay student’s slaying are revealed in court documents
Los Angeles Times, CA -