by Todd Beeton, Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 06:02:37 PM EST
Tonight, Keith gave one of his most moving special comments yet, this one on the injustice of Prop 8.
In the meantime, the fallout over the passage of the initiative continues unabated both with protests and actual action being taken by citizens and lawmakers alike.
- Thousands continued to take to the streets this weekend all throughout California including 25k in San Francisco, 2k in Long Beach as well as 12.5k in LA and 10k in San Diego.
- The Courage Campaign/CREDO petition to repeal Prop 8 is up over
62k64k sigs. If you haven't, please add your name now.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes Prop 8 will be overturned and urges opponents never to give up.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today expressed hope that the California Supreme Court would overturn Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage. He also predicted that the 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who have already married would not be affected by the initiative.
"It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN this morning. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."...
Today, Schwarzenegger urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. "I learned that you should never ever give up.... They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done."
Gee, Guv, where was this passion a couple weeks ago?
- Last week, six same-sex couples filed a petition with the CA Supreme Court to block the enforcement of Prop 8, citing the CA constitution's requirement that the fundamental rights of minority groups can only be eliminated if 2/3rds of the legislature votes to submit the change to the People or to a constitutional convention. Today, more than 40 state legislators filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of this petition. Via press release:
"The citizens of California rely on the Legislature and the courts to safeguard against unlawful discrimination by temporary, and often short-lived, majorities," said the legislators. "Our state's few deviations from this duty have proven, with the perspective of historical distance, to be the most abhorrent chapters in our State's history... The Legislative Amici urge this Court to prevent the momentary passions of a bare majority from compromising the enduring constitutional promise of equal protection under the law. Proposition 8's radical change to our constitutional protections cannot be considered a mere 'amendment.' The California Constitution -- 'the ultimate expression of the People's will' -- requires the involvement of the Legislature in a constitutional revision of this magnitude."
- The LA County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday to determine whether they will join the effort to block Prop 8. They'll need three votes on the 5-member board. So far L.A. County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina are for it and Michael Antonovich is against. The other two votes are unclear.
[editor's note, by Todd Beeton]Edited to add CREDO, which came on board as a co-sponsor of the pledge. Also, I updated the number of sigs, which has risen to 64,000. Keep it up!