Biased Coverage of Prop 8?

November 20, 2008

 

My previous post regarding the California Supreme Court’s decision to hear cases regarding the legality of Prop 8 contains the text of a Sacramento Bee article.  Something seemed a bit off balance about the article to me, so I did a little math and found:

525
Total words in article

217
Words that relay facts, without opinion or editorial (the “important” words)

256
Words that present the opinion or reaction of the anti-gay marriage community.

52
Words that present the opinion of reaction of the pro-gay marriage community.

 
Um, what the hell?  Gay marriage opponents got more press space than the facts, and roughly 5 times the space of Prop 8 opponents?  This is journalism?

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SacBee on the CA Supreme Court Decision to take on Prop 8

November 19, 2008

Supreme Court takes up gay marriage issue

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider complaints by opponents of 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 an amendment 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.

While most proponents of the initiative had welcomed a Supreme Court review, one advocate of traditional marriage denounced the court’s decision to consider Proposition 8’s constitutionality.

“It’s unfortunate that the judges are giving time to the mushy, subjective arguments of homosexual activists who reject the clear reading of the constitution and the clear reading of Proposition 8,” Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families, said in a statement. “If the court disobeys the constitution by voiding Prop. 8, it will ignite a voter revolt. It will also threaten the validity of all future constitutional amendments.”

Thomasson said the court is “playing with fire” by threatening to reverse a vote of the people.

“The California Constitution clearly says that the voters have the right to alter the highest law of the land,” he said. “It’s the beauty of the American system of government. The four Supreme Court justices who unconstitutionally invented homosexual ‘marriages’ — Ron George, Joyce Kennard, Kathryn Werdegar and Carlos Moreno — seem to be ignoring the fact that the people get the last word, not the judges.”

The campaign committee that pushed the measure said it is “profoundly gratified” that court granted its requests and refused to allow outside groups like Thomasson’s to participate directly in the cases.

“This is a great day for the rule of law and the voters of California,” said ProtectMarriage.com General Counsel Andy Pugno in a statement. “This order means that voters will get their day in court and ensures that voters will have a vigorous defense of Proposition 8 before the California Supreme Court. We are profoundly gratified with the Court’s order and are confident that Proposition 8 will be upheld.”

The state’s highest court essentially agreed to the approach supported by state Attorney General Jerry Brown, who on Monday urged the justices to review legal challenges to Proposition 8 “to provide certainty and finality in this matter.” His office also argued that the court should allow the measure to remain in effect during the review period because doing otherwise would cause confusion.

Elizabeth Gill, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, said opponents of Proposition 8 would have preferred that the court allow gay marriages until the issue is decided.

“We’re disappointed that the court didn’t issue a stay, but we’re very encouraged that the court is taking the case,” she said.


San Francisco LGBTQ Protest – November 15

November 19, 2008

 

If you do not know this man, you better wake up and pay attention.  I saw him perform at a comedy show in one of our little gay bars in Guerneville, and he is one fucking funny man.  But don’t let that fool you.  MAKE NO MISTAKE, he’s headed to Sacramento and he is going there to kick ASS!  Give it up for Assemblymember-Elect Tom Ammiano:

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LGBTQ Civil Rights Events – November 2008

November 17, 2008

 

Updated: 11/26/08

 

Event Details

Sacramento NOW’s “Leadership in Activisim” Workshop

When: Thursday, November 20th, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Hart Community Center, 27th Street between I and J, downtown Sacramento
Cost: Free

Learn how to plan an effective action!  Learn to write a press release, obtain permist, contact your elected officials and more!

 

San Francisco Rally

When: Friday, November 21st, 5:30 pm – 9:30pm
Where: In front of the Ferry Building, 4 Embarcadero, San Francisco
Contact: onelovesanfrancisco@yahoo.com

 

Unity in Diversity… Equality for All!

With the unfortunate outcome of the recent passage of Proposition 8, the LGBTQ community has united in a presence that we have not seen since the early 1980’s and the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Join LGBTQ individuals and organizations, PFLAG and our straight brothers and sisters at a peaceful rally and outreach on the steps of the California state capital building at 2:00 pm on November 22nd.

Please join us as we reach out to all the citizens of California to demonstrate that we will not tolerate discrimination to be written into our state constitution.  While we unerstand you have a very busy schedule, even the simple dissemination of this information to your many contacts is greatly appreciated.

Who: All Americans, not only from all over California, but from all over these United States!
Where: California State Capital Building, West Steps, Sacramento, CA
When: 11/22/08, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Why: Equal Rights are inalienable and CANNOT be taken away.
Contact: n_kimutis@yahoo.com or tina@equalityactionnow.org

In 1987 the largest rally for gay rights in Sacramento took place, counting 15,000 strong.  We need to stand together and make a statement that we will not stand idly by and let the rights of our sons, daughters, parents, and friends be taken away.  Twenty one years later – 30,000 strong.  Are YOU ready to make history?

The success of this event depends upon getting the word out.  Invite your friends.

If you have questions, please contact California Outreach at info@californiaoutreach.com

 

Equality NOW Fund Raiser

What: Equality Now team on the streets of Sacramento, selling swag and raising money.

When: Wednesday, November 26th, 6:00 pm
Where: 20th & K Streets, Sacramento

 

 

Equality Action NOW Fund Raiser

What: Equality Action NOW team on the streets of Sacramento, selling swag and raising money.

When: Wednesday, November 26th, 6:00 pm
Where: 20th & K Streets, Sacramento

 

 

Pink Friday – Rally in Sacramento

What: Rally
When: Friday, November 28th, 10:00 am
Where: State Capital Building, West Steps, Sacramento
Contact: www.equalityactionnow.org, 916-446-1082

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

When: Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th, 5:00 pm
Where: Los Angeles
Contact: Sean at sfurlong@CaliforniansForFairness.com

 

Long Beach Rally

When: Saturday, November 29th, 7:00 pm
Where: Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd