Friday, September 10, 2010

Gay Marriage - California Prop 8 - The first court ruling to strike down a marriage ban on federal constitutional grounds, USA. August 4, 2010 – NPR (National Public Radio)

Gay Marriage Ban Goes On Trial In California
by Rob Schmitz – January 11, 2010 – National Public Radio (NPR)

It's been more than a year since Californians passed Proposition 8 which strictly defines marriage as between a man and a woman. A federal trial begins Monday in which plaintiffs hope to overturn the ban on gay marriage. The case is expected to be eventually decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today in San Francisco, we're expecting that a federal judge will begin to hear arguments on whether California's ban on same-sex marriages violates the U.S. constitution. The case is attracting national attention, and not only because it will be the first federal trial ever broadcast over YouTube. It also has the potential to be a landmark case. Here's Rob Schmitz of member station KQED.

ROB SCHMITZ: For years, California has played a key role in the national debate over gay marriage. Voters here banned same-sex marriage a decade ago. The courts overturned the ban, and in November of 2008, Californians narrowly voted to effectively ban it again. Which brings us to today, the first day of a federal trial over the matter. Samantha Sabarzo(ph) isn't happy.

Testimony Ends In California's Gay Marriage Trial
by Scott Shafer - January 28, 2010 – National Public Radio (NPR)

Testimony in the trial challenging California's Proposition 8 has ended. It's the first trial challenging a state gay marriage ban in a federal court. The judge who heard the case, without a jury, said he will take time to review the evidence before allowing closing arguments, probably in March or April. He has no deadline for reaching a decision.

In California, both sides have now made their case in the federal trial challenging Proposition 8. Thats the states ban on same sex marriage. As Scott Shafer of member station KQED reports, the trial has explored much more than just the legality of a single ballot measure.

SCOTT SHAFER: As the trial got underway in San Francisco two and a half weeks ago, Paul Katami, one of four people hoping to get Proposition 8 overturned, summed up the case this way.
Mr. PAUL KATAMI: We want to be married. We have the right to be married. Why can't we be married?

SHAFER: This is the first trial challenging a state gay marriage ban in a federal court based on the U.S. Constitution. And to make their case, the plaintiffs have an all-star legal team, including nationally known conservative Republican lawyer Theodore Olson.

Ruling Sets Stage For National Gay Marriage Debate
Tony Cox, host: - TALK OF THE NATION
NPR (National Public Radio) – August 5, 2010

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent, Slate

Brian Brown, president, National Organization for Marriage
Evan Wolfson, executive director, Freedom to Marry

Gay rights activists cheered Wednesday's ruling by a federal judge that overturned California's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Proponents of Prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, vow to appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

Gay rights activists cheered yesterday's ruling by federal Judge Vaughn Walker, who overturned California's voter-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The case is not settled, however, and is expected to eventually go to both the Ninth U.S. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Courts. While not the first court ruling on the matter, it is the first to strike down a marriage ban on federal constitutional grounds.

Gay marriage -> Restoring "Hope of Love" To Children In Early Childhood -> Marriage Equality – March 23, 2010 – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Gay Marriage & Galileo: 
Pope described as …"so averse to anything intellectual that everyone has to play dense and ignorant to gain his favor"-- The Trial of Galileo - by Douglas O. Linder (2002) - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY (UMKC) SCHOOL OF LAW

- Judge Vaughn Walker Ruling - California Prop 8. August 4, 2010
Related Links:

[Unsubstantiated] --- RELIGIOUS BELIEFS that gay and lesbian relationships are SINFUL or INFERIOR to heterosexual relationships 
HARM gays and lesbians.
Judge Vaughn Walker Ruling - California Prop 8. August 4, 2010

in social and legal disadvantages for gays and lesbians. 
Judge Vaughn Walker Ruling - California Prop 8. August 4, 2010

On Prop 8, it's the evidence, stupid
By Lisa Bloom -
and related links:

American Academy of Pediatrics
The Effects of Marriage, Civil Union, and Domestic Partnership Laws on
the Health and Well-being of Children – 2006

American Medical Association 
Policy Regarding Sexual Orientation
GLBT Advisory Committee

Children with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Calls Proposition 8 Decision
“A Great Day in the Struggle for Human Rights” 
August 11, 2010

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
Support of Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Civil Marriage 

Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Marriage - Research Summary
American Psychological Association 

Psychologist testifies on 'remarkable similarities' of
gay and straight couples
By Maura Dolan - January 14, 2010
Los Angeles Times

"No sensible person can imagine that the
sexes differ in matters of love
as they do in matters of clothing.
The intelligent lover of beauty will be attracted to beauty in whichever
gender he finds it."

The case against Vatican power
Geoffrey Robertson – September 8, 2010 – New Statesman

“…Benedict XVI’s battle against science, Islam and cultural pluralism, threatens to turn the European clock back to a pre-Enlightenment era…”
by Hatim Salih – April 8, 2007 –
The Washington Post

Roman Catholic - hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges -
falsely accused gay priests - WATERGATE?

Responsible For The Lifetime Harm They Caused
To Children and Continue to Cause by Their
Unsubstantiated Antigay Teachings
By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Does Not Give Churches Or Benedict XVI
The Freedom To Abuse Children or Adults.
July 2010 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Belief In A Just World - Separation of Church and State -
Wrongly Condemning Homosexuals

Auschwitz - Christmas 2008
A flashback far more severe than
in Brokeback Mountain

Hate Crime Bill vs Attacks But No Facts -> Fear And Ignorance Of
The Blind Leading The Blind
October 27, 2009 – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Report: Bishop says kids ‘spontaneously’ gay – AP 
By Bradley Brooks – May 5, 2010 –

Vatican’s Unsubstantiated Antigay Propaganda – Why???
MEXICO - “Decaf versus deCath?” September 8, 2010

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit. Erik Erikson

…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt !!!

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