By Mario Conde

The American Civil Liberties Union decided to go forward with the investigation against the County of Imperial since they did not break any Brown Act rulings but is still against the way they decided to intervene.

The County Board heard last Tuesday a lengthy discussion by the public in favor and against the intervention of the board in the Gay marriage issue.

The County Board of Supervisors decided to intervene in a lawsuit in the federal courts that is trying to overrule proposition 8 that passed in November 2008. The Board decided to intervene arguing that the voters of the Imperial Valley voted 70% in favor of this measure. The board gave direction County Counsel not to engage in separate discovery or participate through the introduction of new evidence at trial.

While reserving the right to present legal argument should become necessary, it is anticipated that in the District Court the County, Board and its officials will not present legal arguments but rather will likely adopt the arguments the official proponents in support of the constitutionality of proposition 8.

The Advocates for Faith and Freedom filed a motion in the Court in San Francisco on behalf of the County of Imperial to intervene in the federal lawsuit challenging California’s Proposition 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. In a press release made by the group, they say this is the federal case that may decide the definition of “marriage” for the entire country and will likely end at the U.S. Supreme Court. Until now, the organization said, the cases challenging the constitutionality of laws that limit marriage to one man and one woman have generally occurred in state courts and have only concerned each state’s constitution.

The group said that the Federal Judge in San Francisco will look at the following issues during that case the includes: whether the characteristics defining gays and lesbians as a class might in any way affect their ability to contribute to society; whether sexual orientation can be changed, and if so, whether gays and lesbians should be encouraged to change it; whether the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage leads to increased stability in opposite-sex marriage or alternatively whether permitting same-sex couples to marry destabilizes opposite-sex marriage; and whether a married mother and father provide the optimal child-rearing environment and whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage promotes this environment

The participation of the County of Imperial is imperative to the defense of Proposition 8 to assure the case can be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We are trusting God to provide the financial resources necessary to defend traditional marriage not only for California, but now for the entire nation. Please consider making a generous year-end gift to help us protect marriage for generations to come.” The group said.

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13 Responses to ACLU, Gay Marriage, Proposition 8 and the Imperial County

  1. Patrick says:

    To Ernie: You sure seem to be full of hate towards the gay community. Is being gay a choice? Not accoring to the scientific and medical community. Why don’t you ask a gay person if being gay is a choice? When did you chose to be straight? No offense, but you sure sound ignorant. Fortunately, courts are only interested in facts and not a bunch of hatefull hot air. Also, why wasn’t interracial marriage put to a popular vote? If it had, it would have been defeated since the vast majority of Americans were against interracial marriage being legalized. Civil rights should never be put to a popular vote. Please let us all know when you have some facts instead of a bunch of bigoted opinions. Better luck next time!!

  2. The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individual’s ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society.

    From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.

    Please!!! Have some scientific facts in this discourse!!!

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.

    America’s premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality. There is no further reason to discriminate, except ignorance or bigotry. Think of what you would want for yourself or your your family.

  3. ernie says:

    So Tonyjazz then you are saying Choice trumps minority votes.. then you are truly meeting the definiton of a bigot if you reads its definition ” one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance” racial or ethinc.. not Choice (which homosexuality is otherwise every person who left you would have to explain)
    What do you tell a true minority who is not a minority by Choice that their vote is NOT EQUAL to the white homosexual hollywood mind controled vote? and yes there are homosexual blacks and hispanics, who in while being a true minority made a Choice to be a homosexual, also note worthy..
    after the voting was done and it was shown that minorites votes overwhelmingly for Yes on 8 they white homosexuals turned on the black and hispanic homosexuals and attacked them.. those who claimed to be open minded showed their true colors (pun intended).. when you can admit all Votes are equal and if you disagree with a vote take it back to the ballot box and if you can get others to agree then so be it, but to cry its not fair because Your Lifestyle CHOICE is not normal is not our fault.. so Tonyjazz one question. are minority votes equal to white votes? If so do you support the will of the people of California or are you a closest racist who says they are not equal?

  4. TonyJazz says:

    Ernie,

    I’m so glad that you chose your heterosexuality. After all, I don’t think I’d want to be further associated with a bigot such as yourself.

    Justice will eventually prevail! Peace!

  5. Ernie says:

    All I hear so far from the homosexuals is whine whine whine, it has nothing to do about civil rights.. you made a choice to be different and then you want a special privledge, this is about people who made a Lifestyle Choice demanding to have their Choice accepted
    If its not a Choice as some claim, then explain those who have changed their minds such as Anne Heche or Charlene E. Cothran, who was the publisher of the largest lesbian magazine and a gay pride parade organizer and then after 20 yrs changed her mind, then give us one just one latin who changed his mind and decided to not be latin for a day and “try the other side” … of course you can’t because its not a Choice and if you can’t accept its not about civil rights, but a special privledge.. thats all homosexuals do is whine whine whine. seems like they grew up in a home where mommy never said no and they can’t accpet their choice is nothing more than that ITs a CHOICE.. that does not earn you a Civil Right !

  6. TonyJazz says:

    Ernie,

    Sorry that you aren’t so bright. After all, did you know that hundreds of the gay married partners in this state are Hispanic and African-American?

    Did you also know that denying rights to a minority is immoral, no matter if the unfortunate voter was in a minority?

    Would you like your rights put up to a majority vote?

    Sorry, Ernie, maybe you can find your way back to the 50s, when minorities were treated so much better….

  7. FlexSF says:

    Let’s gather signatures to repeal the rights of religious organizations. Treat them to their own poison! Their arguments defending proposition 8 doesn’t have a god-damn thing to do with “preserving marriage,” and the plaintiffs will prove this; conversely, it is all about showing disdain towards all gay people. For this, religious bigots can go to hell, and reap the seeds that they’ve sown! They deserve all of the negativity that they have coming to them!

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  9. Civil rights shouldn’t be put up to a popular vote.

    Onward to equality,
    Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA.

    Kudos to CT where we just celebrated the one year anniversary of our marriage equality law on 11/12.

    And to the marriage foes, please find something else to do with your time, because life’s just to short.

  10. Ernie says:

    Finally a county has the guts to stand up the the white homosexual case discriminating against minority voters who overwhellingmly said Yes.. those who oppose our vote are obivisouly racist who feel the minority votes (black, Hispanic etc) are not equal to white homosexual hollywood mind controlled voters..
    If they succeed in overturning Prop 8 then they are saying to all minority voters in essense Blacks back to the back of the bus, hispanics you need to get back to the fields and asians go back to the camps. congrats to Imperial Valley for saying Minority votes count as equal to white votes !

  11. Rev JDSpears says:

    “The group said that the Federal Judge in San Francisco will look at the following issues during that case the includes: whether the characteristics defining gays and lesbians as a class might in any way affect their ability to contribute to society; whether sexual orientation can be changed, and if so, whether gays and lesbians should be encouraged to change it; whether the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage leads to increased stability in opposite-sex marriage or alternatively whether permitting same-sex couples to marry destabilizes opposite-sex marriage; and whether a married mother and father provide the optimal child-rearing environment and whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage promotes this environment”

    What can be said about this paragraph? The individual “issues” speak not to fact, or truth but to stereotypes. Are gays ans lesbians contributing member of society? Clearly, so to ask about the quality of that contribution is to ask whether there should be a class system in the US.

    Can a judge determine the ability to change sexual orientation? All professional mental health organizations say that it can not be and attempts to do so in damaging to the individual, and by extension society.

    Do same-gender (sg)marriages effect different-gender (dg)marriages? Perhaps only in those dg marriages that have persons that insist that they have a “privilege” that they do not want others to have. Sg marriages do not delute rights bestowed on dg marriages.

    Is a woman-man partnership the “optimal,” whatever that means, environment to raise children? Perhaps but with only 24% of all households being such partnerships the real question is, should child be denied a loving, nurturing enviornment? Many sg marriages can provide such an environment!

    I can only pray that the judge listens to reason and fact and disgard hyperbol!

  12. Bill says:

    When will heterosexuals realize that this is ABSOLUTELY none of their business?

    You know, just like YOUR marriage is none of MY business, MINE is NONE of yours.

    This is just vile bigotry that is ‘OK’ because most of you are vile bigots.

    Tell me Jesus Christ would support Prop 8. Go ahead. I dare you.

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