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Judge Lifts Stay, Gay Marriages in California Soon to Be a Go (Updated)

Posted on Aug 12, 2010
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Twitter is abuzz with the news that Judge Vaughn R. Walker has lifted a stay on his historic Prop. 8 ruling, meaning gay couples in California can once again legally marry beginning Aug. 18. Officials are standing by.

Update from the Los Angeles Times: “U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who overturned the measure on Aug. 4, agreed to give its sponsors until Aug. 18 to appeal his ruling to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. No new marriages can take place until then.”

Los Angeles Times:

If “the stay is lifted, ceremonies will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday,” West Hollywood city officials said in a statement. “Those wanting to get married need to get a license first then can go to Kings Road Park.”

If the judge lifts the stay, Mayor Antonio Villaragosa said he plans to start performing marriages Thursday afternoon on the steps of City Hall.

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By David Ehrenstein, August 20, 2010 at 5:51 am Link to this comment

Yoy have entered Fugue State.

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By Winston Court, August 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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OK, let me spell it out so your mind may be able to grasp it.  I SAID NOTHING ABOUT IT BEING IN THE CONSTITUTION.  I did not say it was, I did not say it was not. My comment, to most intelligent people would have been interpreted as, “in addition to the constitution homosexuals also demand it.”  But you, you think you are the only one able to know what the constitution says, that I have never had it burnt into my brain, the constitution, way back when I was in school and college ... ROFLOL

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By David Ehrenstein, August 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

You said—

“Homosexuals, themselves, demand a separation of church and state.”


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By Winston Court, August 18, 2010 at 4:45 am Link to this comment
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Where, in my post, do I say the constitiution says anything on what is says on the seperation powers?  Read my post again, dummy!

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By David Ehrenstein, August 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

The U.S. Constitution demands a separation between Church and State. Have you read it?

Apparently not.

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By WinstonCourt, August 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

Homosexuals, themselves, demand a separation of church and state. Countless millennia of God, the church have passed with the authority in Gods’ and the churches’ authority. Now respect the freedom of religion as declared in the constitution and Gods’ law.  Go get your senators and congressmen to craft you a nice little work of art which condones what you want and gives you what you want ...

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By JASONWASHERE!, August 17, 2010 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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I have read the Holy Bible passages that you cited, but what the Holy Bible says or doesn’t say on this issue does not matter in the USA.  I mean… are you from or live in the United States?  I am curious because you portray ignorance on how USA law works.

Why cite the Holy Bible, by the way, and not some other book such as Tao Te Ching or Bhagavad Gita?  I could just as easily believe that the teachings of the Celts or the Mayans matter more to me than Hebrew teachings.  See this is the beauty of being a USA citizen.

Regarding the Hebrew reference: You should realize, Winston, that polygamy was the standard marriage arrangement among the ancient Hebrews - NOT “one man and one woman only” marriages. So before you choose to espouse the teachings of one culture as being superior to all others, you should know what you are talking about next time.

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By David Ehrenstein, August 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment
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As there is no state religion in this country your reference to the words of the ancient hysterics with their visions of a Big Invisible Bi-Polar Daddy Who Lives in the Sky are meaningless.

You may think your homophobia is cute. It’s OLD, dear.

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By Winston Court, August 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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If the courts have no respect for marriage having been defined in Genesis 2:18-24 for thousands of years, and done so at a time before the existence of the government and courts of man, then how can the courts expect us, American Citizens, to have respect for their flash-in-the-pan decisions? If government is about bringing on the demise of our present civilization, they could not be doing a better job of it.  Other than that, I think their decisions will fall upon those who know not to uphold the law of man above the law of God.
Hey, is it just me or, does old judge walker look like a homowhore from the castro district of san fransicko who has seen its’ best trick a long time ago?

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By Morphing Dreams, August 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

It’s about time. Another step toward federal legislation and protection for the LGBT community. The creepy lies and manipulation from Prop 8 religious zealots have backfired and led toward increased public sensitivity and awareness of gay issues and persecution. But until the public catches up entirely, thankfully the courts continue in the process of protecting the few from the many.

It’s apparent that Prop 8 proponents have shown themselves for who they are and the ignorance and bigotry they promote. Let’s hope next time non-thinking congregants are given a mandate to “write a check” their funds will actually go toward something humanitarian, perhaps even Christian. Say, feeding the poor? Just a thought.

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By The Donkey Edge, August 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

This is great. I want to go to as many weddings as possible starting August 18th! And I never thought I’d say this but I want to thank Ted Olson for his lucid defense of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision:

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By David Ehrenstein, August 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment


That means by next week I can marry my boyfriend of 39 years.

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By JASONWASHERE!, August 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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The conservatives and Christian fundamentalists lost.  Hmmm…?  How does defeat feel?  I wonder how Mormons and Roman Catholics feel about all their time and money wasted on something not coming into fruition.

Sure it will go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and eventually to the Supreme Court I would imagine.  This costs money though.  Of course, to conservatives cutting spending on entities necessary for society’s function (education, transportation, police and fire departments) is ok.  However, when it comes to litigation regarding legalized bigotry and Pentagon funding the sky is the limit.

Give up religious zealots and conservatives!  It is not as if YOUR opinions and concerns regarding the LGBT community matter anyhow!  What you haven’t figured that out yet!?  That’s ok..  It’s from being brainwashed and propagandized, I know.  Your attitudes toward gay people is understandable to a certain degree.  However, you will lose this battle though!  and it IS a battle.  So you need to surrender.  Ok?  Otherwise, it is only going to get worse for you.

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