I'm just going to say this once - up front - and then I'm going to move on: The furor raised over the Arizona illegal immigrant law is interesting to watch from my queer perch. I understand the outrage. The nerve of one state threatening to restrict the constitutional rights of a minority - simply because the majority can get away with it (even if only temporarily), sure sounds familiar to me.
But I don't remember hearing all the indignation and outrage as multiple states passed laws restricting the rights of gay people to have legitimate families. Nor was there much turmoil or foot stomping about the multiple states that passed amendments in addition to laws against the recognition of our families.
In news that harkens back to the glorious days of segregation, the Hawaii state legislature passed a bill on Thursday that creates Civil Unions for same-sex couples. The Republican governor isn't sure if she'll sign the bill yet. She's still trying to decide where to install the "gay only" water fountains. Boycott Hawaii! Fat chance.
The US Supreme Court heard arguments this week on a case brought to them by the state of Washington. In 2009, the state granted - through a ballot measure - domestic partnership rights to same-sex couples that are almost the same (but not quite) as marriage. The gays can sit in the middle of the bus in Washington. Protect Marriage Washington is suing to conceal the names of the citizens that signed petitions bringing the measure to the ballot, which is in opposition to state law. The court didn't seem too keen on keeping the names private. Justice Scalia was particularly cynical about concealing the names. Shocking, eh? I still don't trust him.
Coming this weekend - GetEqual has scheduled what they call a major rally demanding a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), the ban on gays serving in the US Military. The rally takes place on Sunday, May 2 at 12pm outside of the White House in Lafayette Park. Mr. Obama, are you listening?
That rally comes after another demonstration - this time not organized by GetEqual - that took place earlier this week in Arizona at Senator John McCain's office.
The big news in San Francisco this week: Judge Vaughn Walker announced on Wednesday that closing arguments on the Prop 8 trial will take place on June 16. Tentatively. And there are about 10 reasons why that date might change. Write it in pencil.
At long last, San Francisco District Attorney Kamla Harris is pressing charges against a man that is accused of assaulting and killing a transgender woman two years ago. After Ruby Ordenana was killed the crime lab took two years to process the DNA obtained from the victims body, "...a period during which (the suspect) allegedly committed a series of rapes and other attacks on as many as four other victims." WTF?!?!? How is this story NOT outrageous?
I don't have answers for those questions, but in closing I will link to one more story from San Francisco that involves the police and the gays. The lesbians that run the Mission District Police Station discovered a rat on their ship. A fellow officer that was posing as a lesbian had been getting some cock on the side. Some of the cock slipped inside her vagina and she was impregnated. Now her lesbian colleagues have made the workplace uncomfortable for her and she has filed a lawsuit. Traitor!
It sounds to me like she was only pretending to be a lesbian so that she could hide her secret origin. We need a law in place that makes it easier to weed these dangerous rogues out of the general population. You want me to believe you really are a lesbian? Prove it!
Patrick Connors is an Uppity Fag and he's got papers to prove it.
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