ACLU, Gay Marriage, Proposition 8 and the Imperial County

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.

Cedrick Cokel
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Patrick
Guest
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… Read more »
Kate OHanlan, MD
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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.… Read more »
ernie
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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… Read more »
TonyJazz
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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!

Ernie
Guest
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… Read more »
TonyJazz
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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… Read more »
FlexSF
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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,… Read more »
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Joe Mustich, JP
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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… Read more »
Ernie
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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… Read more »
Rev JDSpears
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“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… Read more »
Bill
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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… Read more »
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