Proposition 8


Federal Judge Rules Prop 8 Trial Will Be Broadcast Via YouTube

By Pamela Brown
Marriage Equality USA

After soliciting public comment and arguments from the parties on whether to broadcast the Prop 8 trial, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker confirmed Wednesday that he will permit the trial proceedings to be made available to the public via a tape-delayed version to be posted on YouTube.

Proponents of prop 8 had petitioned the court unsuccessfully to keep the proceedings from being broadcast to the public, claiming public access to the proceedings could affect witness testimony. 

The proceedings will be made available at YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/usdccand.  

Prop 8's Schubert Supports Gay Sister's Bid for Judge

By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

The lesbian sister of Proposition 8 mastermind Frank Schubert has announced her candidacy for Sacramento County Superior Court judge.

At her campaign Web site, Anne Marie Schubert, a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County, promotes herself as a law and order and victim's rights candidate with several endorsements from local law enforcement organizations.

According to voter records, Anne Marie Schubert is a registered Republican. She has hired Gilliard Blanning, a conservative political consulting firm known for championing some of the state's best known Republican candidates and causes, to run her campaign.

Anne Marie Schubert, 45, doesn't mention her family or sexual orientation on her campaign Web site. But Sacramento County tax records show that Anne Marie Schubert purchased her home with Julie Greenberg in March 2005, where the women live together raising two children. Frank Schubert told the Bay Area Reporter the two women are in a registered domestic partnership.

SB 54 Returned Marriage To Department of Health and Human Services Director

By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

When California's Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed into law last month legislation recognizing some same-sex marriages performed out of state, the director of the state's Department of Health and Human Services regained his legal status as a married man.

So did his husband.

John A. Wagner, DHHS Director, also is the highest-ranking, openly gay, legally married administration official.

The legislation, Senate Bill 54, clarifies that same-sex couples who married outside of California before Proposition 8 went into effect November 5, 2008, are recognized as married spouses by the state of California. It was authored by openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

Schwarzenegger appointed Wagner director of the California Department of Social Services in April 2007 and praised Wagner for "his commitment to the well-being of society's most vulnerable individuals."

When To Repeal Prop 8

Paul-Hogarth.gif By Paul Hogarth

Inequality is Messy Business

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by Alice Kessler
Government Affairs Director
Equality California

Assembly Proclaims June LGBT Pride Month Despite GOP Link To Prop 8

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By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

The California state assembly on Monday passed resolution HR 17, proclaiming June, 2009 as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month.

But controversy arose when one Republican assemblyman linked the resolution’s encouragement to Californians “to work to help advance the cause of equality” for LGBT residents with proposition 8 and marriage equality for same-sex couples.