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    April 19, 2009

    Frank Rich prods CA Supreme Court

    Posted by: Andoni

    No matter where I am in the world, the first thing I do on Sunday morning is read Frank Rich's column in the NYTimes. It's a sad day for me when he is off.

    As you know I am of the opinion that the California Supreme Court should void Proposition 8. You can read my reasoning in Dred Scott and the CA Supreme Court and in Marriage decision in Iowa - UNANIMOUS. Evan Wolfson's argument to void Prop 8 is here.

    In today's NYTimes, Frank Rich (to my mind) reminds the California Supreme Court Justices of their role. After citing Brown v Board of Education, Rich asserts:

    "But the judiciary has long played a leading role in sticking up for the civil rights of minorities so they’re not held hostage to a majority vote."

    This is exactly the situation that we have in California. The majority (a very slim one at that) is holding a minority hostage and the Supreme Court has to speak out loudly and clearly to remedy this situation and lay a precedent so that it cannot happen again. There is no clear precedent to deal with this exact situation in California. The Court should set a precedent for this situation. They should declare loudly and clearly that a simple majority cannot strip away the rights of minority the way they did.

    Should they decide the other way, this will be their Dred Scott decision and they will go down in history as the court that repeated that infamous mistake.

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    1. Hawyer on Apr 19, 2009 6:41:48 PM:

      But for lesbian jurist Carol Corrigan, the California Supremes might just be up for a nullification of Prop H8. Bur Carol baby will surely do us in once again. The self-hating dyke bitch.

    1. dukie on Apr 20, 2009 7:47:47 PM:

      On Friday April 10, Shirley Tan received a decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
      The BIA has given Shirley until May 10, 2009 (Mother's Day) to “voluntarily depart,” meaning she is out of options to remain in the U.S.
      If she were straight, and married her American partner Jay Mercado tomorrow, she could immediately petition for a green card.
      In the short-term, Shirley and her family can only hope for an extraordinary measure to keep her in the U.S.
      In the long-term, the best hope for the Tan-Mercado family is a change to the U.S. immigration law – passage of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) - which would provide lesbian and gay Americans the same opportunity to sponsor their partners for immigration that straight Americans have.
      more information on immigrationequality.org

    1. InExile on Apr 21, 2009 2:44:37 PM:

      Hey Chris,
      They used your picture on queerty.com today to talk about the hate crimes vote in judiciary tomorrow.

      http://www.queerty.com/congress-decides-tomorrow-will-federal-hate-crimes-bill-move-forward-20090421/

    1. Chuck on Apr 22, 2009 3:19:56 PM:

      So, why are we not hearing anything from either Chris or Andoni as to what actually happened? It's not like we haven't inquired about Chris previously? Why the silence?

    1. DaveA on Apr 23, 2009 10:39:44 AM:

      Where is Chris?

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