Supervisors Act on Gay Marriage Issue

By Mario Conde

marriage-2El Centro California-The County Board of Supervisors decided to intervene on behalf of the voters of Imperial Valley in a federal lawsuit that is trying to overturn proposition 8.

The Board of Supervisors met early in their meeting on closed session to discuss two last minute items that was brought to them. When the board came out of closed session County Counsel Michael Rood informed the public the board decided to take action to intervene in the case of Perry v. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The County of Imperial, according to Rood, will be done in order to represent the voters of the Imperial Valley who overwhelmingly supported to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Supervisor Wally Leimgruber, Fuentes, and Terrazas voting in favor to intervene and Supervisor Wyatt and Kelley voted against it.

County Board Chairman and District 5 representative Wally Leimgruber said that the board decided to get involve representing the voters of Imperial Valley who voted 69% in favor of this proposition. Leimgrubers said the County was approached by a law firm who asked them if they wanted to get involved since they looked at the valley’s high voting in favor of the measure. The Chairman said that they had to act fast since federal judge Vaughn Walker set January 11, 2010 as the date when he will open a federal trial to decide whether or not proposition 8 is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution.

Proposition 8 was passed by California voters on November 2008 to keep marriage defined as the union between a man and a woman. The measure was challenged at the State court which upheld the decision of the voters. Gay marriage backers argued in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that repealed gay marriage in California, “was only made on the grounds of animus towards same-sex couples.”

This situation comes after Washington D.C. approved marriage between same-sex couples this Tuesday.

Allen Shan
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August 31, 2010 10:34 PM

I do agree with what others are claiming regarding same sex marriage relationship. It’s just that why won’t give them a chance to marry on who they choose. It’s not dangerous to their health, so why not satisfy their desire?

Limited Company
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August 31, 2010 12:19 PM

People should be able to marry who they want, no matter their gender.

Genesis Alexander
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May 24, 2010 12:07 AM

Marriage is one of the most sacred ceremonies that we humans experience. Being married also gives us happines.-,:

Terresa Darco
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February 14, 2010 3:25 PM

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huntergirl
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huntergirl
December 21, 2009 10:06 AM
Joel – I’m surprised you didn’t stoop to calling me homophobic as most gays would, thank you for that. I have always been attracted to men (by God’s design). I suppose I was lucky as I have never struggled with same sex attraction, however, many have and have chosen to… Read more »
Chas R
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Chas R
December 17, 2009 6:19 PM
I find it interesting how Drooster states that millions of people support same sex marriage. The current effort to overturn Prop 8 needs to get a million signatures to get their proposition on the ballot, and they are having a difficult time getting those signatures. So where are these millions… Read more »
Joel
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Joel
December 17, 2009 4:38 PM
Huntergirl – where to begin with you. I’m gay and all my life from childhood I’ve been attracted to the same sex. Funny but i’m speaking first hand and can’t remember ever making a choice. Tell me when did you make the choice between girls and boys?? I’m afraid its… Read more »
huntergirl
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huntergirl
December 17, 2009 6:50 AM
It’s disconcerting when homosexual people keep trying to equate their “march for equality” to the civil rights issues back in —–. Black people were being discriminated against due to the color of their skin. The color of skin was not a choice for them. However, homosexuality is a choice, as… Read more »
Daniel G.
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Daniel G.
December 16, 2009 10:40 PM
I tried to email this publication with the below response to the article, but their advertised email address info@ivnewsonline.com apparently doesn’t even work…? Nice. Anyway, here is what I wrote… _______________________________ Hello, I am writing in response to today’s article by Mario Conde, ‘Supervisors Act on Gay Marriage Issue.’ The… Read more »
Chas R
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Chas R
December 16, 2009 9:36 PM

Awesome! Way to go Imperial! As a resident of Imperial County, I am deeply grateful that our county board of supervisors has the guts to stand for what is right and also to stand behind the majority vote of the citizens of our fine county.

Drooster
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Drooster
December 16, 2009 9:35 PM
Lets see…voters changing the Constitution by ammendment and taking away an already EXISTING right of approximately 1 million California citizens….is democracy? Is progress? Is kind? Is the right thing to do? The California Supreme Court seemed to think so, because they were shackled by the wild west California ammendment process.… Read more »
Jason
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Jason
December 16, 2009 7:28 PM
Clearly not everyone in Imperial Valley voted for Prop 8, I DID NOT. Why would the Board of Supervisors let a law firm pull the Board i.e. the citizens into this lawsuit. I thought it was an ethical violation of the bar for a law firm to directly proposition a… Read more »
Mary Waterton
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Mary Waterton
December 16, 2009 6:52 PM
There is no Constitutional right for homosexuals to marry. Contrary to popular delusion, homosexuals are not a newly discovered race or sex. This is a lifestyle choice, just like polygamy, which has been banned in all 50 states. The Homo-Nazi’s want to argue in the face of thousands of years… Read more »
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Richard
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Richard
December 16, 2009 11:51 AM
Mario Conde, Your article is incorrect in this statement: “Proposition 8 was passed by California voters on November 2008 to KEEP MARRIAGE DEFINED as the union between a man and a woman.” Actually Proposition 8 was passed to TAKE AWAY the right of same sex couples to marry, as the… Read more »
Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace
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December 16, 2009 11:19 AM
Kudos to DC and to CT where just celebrated the one year anniversary of our marriage equality law in 11/12, which followed the passage of a civil union law in 2005. And congrats to all the couples coming to CT to wed from all across the country, many of whom… Read more »
Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace
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December 16, 2009 11:16 AM
Should civil rights be put up to a popular vote? I don’t think so. And lets not forget that marriage is firstly a civil matter in America, as marriage licenses are issued by and recorded in town halls not church halls, or mosques or temples.. Onward to equality, Joe Mustich,… Read more »
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