Thursday, February 26, 2009

Standing Together and Continuing the Conversation

02/26/09

Next Thursday, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments in our legal challenge to Proposition 8. As we seek to overturn Prop 8, we have the broadest array of support ever seen on an LGBT issue before any California Court. This support speaks directly to the relationships and coalition work that many in the LGBT, religious, business, and civil rights communities have been doing for years. However, there is another truth motivating the breadth of voices calling on the court to invalidate Prop 8. Prop 8 is an assault on the California Constitution and the most fundamental principal of any functioning democracy: all people will be treated equally under the law.

As a white lesbian leading a national LGBT legal organization and a straight, African-American Christian leading a national civil rights legal organization, we stand side-by-side in common cause. Racism and homophobia undermine and diminish any dream of a just and fair nation. If allowed to stand, Prop 8 would eviscerate equal protection of the law and leave every minority in California vulnerable to majority sentiment and whim. Today it may be same-sex couples and that is unacceptable under any circumstance, but tomorrow any unpopular minority could be next.

In this fight for justice we are sisters, and we ask that every fair-minded Californian join our family in standing against Prop 8. We ask you to join us and engage in conversations about the harms Prop 8 poses to all Californians. Please, talk to your friends and family, attend rallies and marches, post and comment on blogs, and write letters to the editor. Please visit our GET INVOLVED section of our website for tips on how to have these important conversations.

As you talk about the harms of Prop 8, please remember to acknowledge the essential role of the Court in protecting minority rights and remind your audience of the threat that Prop 8 poses to freedom and equality for all Californians. If a bare majority of voters can change our state Constitution to take away rights from a historically targeted minority group, what is the point of having a California Constitution?

It is crucial that our community and allies stand up against this harmful proposition and be visible. It is our chance to show the world that we will not stand for discrimination and intolerance. So make your voice heard today. Click here for some sample letters and blog posts that you can use to draft your own personalized letter.

Our nation is on a new path. A path that makes us all feel a renewed sense of shared values, hope, and humanity. Prop 8 demeans us all and stains our collective vision of a new day. Such a law should not be permitted to stand.

- Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Eva Jefferson Paterson, President, Equal Justice Society

Announcements this week

Gay announcement February 25, 2009

Tomorrow night at the east side club, 3735 Monona Dr, you can go see the teams from the Madison gay hockey association engage in an off-ice competition to see who will reign supreme as the MGHA ice queens & kings. One or more players from each team will be performing in drag. This will be a full on, full contact, battle for MGHA drag dominance. There is a cover at the door and all tips benefit the Madison gay hockey association to help keep player fees down. The event starts at 7:00pm. Call 608.222.9131 for more info.

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Friday starts vamp - a vinyl-clad supernatural girl-meets-girl romantic comedy at Stage Q Theater. The play features Chloe, who’s becoming increasingly irritated by the imaginary people living in her apartment, Chloe meets Angela and the begin dating, and all goes well until they discover that they have been keeping disturbing secrets from each other. This is a co-production of StageQ & Mercury Players Theatre written by Ry Herman and directed by Tara Ayres playing Thursdays through Sundays through march at the Bartell theatre, 113 east Mifflin. Call 661-9696 for more info.

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Also on Friday there is an old school IQ party at the Majestic. DJ Tizzy will be the special guest with resident wizards diamonds and OCD Automatic and DJ Chen Cheng. Doors open at 9. This is a 21 and over event only. Cover at 10:00pm.

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On Saturday the Shamrock Bar will be celebrating the life of slain LGBT activist Felicia Melton-Smyth - one of Madison’s most amazing, independent, rambunctious and beautiful women. The party starts at 8:00pm and the Shamrock is at 117 W. Main Street……as if you didn’t know.

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And on Sunday you can check out the season finale of the Madison gay hockey association at the capitol ice arena in Middleton. As always, the games are totally free! But bring a warm blanket so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the last games of the 2008-09 season. Here's the lineup for the night:

6:30 pm - 5th/6th place game - The Cherry Bombs vs. The Fightin' Cockateals
7:45 pm - 3rd/4th place game - The Phoenix vs. Chili Verde
9:00 pm - championship game - The Off Whites vs. The Violet Femmes

After the games, they’ll be heading to Old Chicago for food / drinks / company. All are welcome to join in the fun!

And that’s all for announcements this week February 25, 2009.

News this week

Big Gay News 02/25/2009

In strikingly similar news to Wisconsin, the Colorado state assembly passed a bill this week that would make it easier for unmarried straight and LGBT couples to make medical decisions for incapacitated partners and leave property to their partners.

Republicans attacked the measure, calling it an attempt to circumvent the state constitution, which bans same-sex marriage.

Under the plan, couples would be able to go to their county clerk’s office and designate each other as legal beneficiaries.

During the committee stage, Rep. Mark Ferrandino (D), the bill’s sponsor, said that he had wished he could have brought in legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, but admitted to the committee this was the best he could currently hope for.

The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and opponents of LGBT rights are mounting a campaign to defeat the legislation.

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A task force of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recommended last week that church leaders make changes to allow gay and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

At the same time, the task force also asked members of the church to respect congregations and synods that disagree.

If approved, the measures would change current church policy that allows ordination of gay clergy, but requires them to be celibate. In the report, the task force proposed a four-step process that outlines a possible path for change, starting with recognition of same-sex relationships.

The task force agreed that the church cannot responsibly consider any changes to its policies unless it is able and willing in some way to recognize lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships.

The recommendation will be voted on at the churchwide assembly in Minneapolis in august. Reaction to the recommendation was expected to range from elation to disapproval.

The 4.7 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is based in Chicago, is the nation's largest Lutheran denomination. The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod are separate denominations that accept a literal interpretation of the Bible and do not ordain gays.

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Michigan courts can now oversee custody disputes between LGBT parents who adopt in other states.

The state court of appeals ruled last week 2-1 that the U.S. constitution requires state courts to recognize Diane Giancaspro and Lisa Congleton as adoptive parents. They are a lesbian couple who adopted in Illinois. It reversed a trial judge who said Michigan’s 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban kept her from enforcing the women's parental rights.

The judges say that the only relevant consideration in this matter is the established relationship as adoptive parents with the children, not their relationship with each other.

The couple adopted from China while living in Illinois, and the children began living with them in 2003. But the couple's relationship ended in 2007 after they moved to southwestern Michigan.

The ruling Friday prompted American Family Association of Michigan president Gary Glenn to call for a ballot measure that would ban gay adoptions in the state.

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A program designed and evaluated at the Medical College of Wisconsin to help prevent the spread of HIV in high-risk populations has been one of eight chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for inclusion in the 2008 Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Interventions.

To be included, programs must be scientifically proven to reduce HIV or STD-related risk behaviors, or promote safer behaviors.

The program known as Popular Opinion Leader HIV Intervention was developed by the college’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR). The program takes a community-level approach for reducing the levels of high-risk sexual behaviors in populations vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. The intervention identifies those people who are naturally popular, trusted, and well-liked among others in the community population.
These popular opinion leaders (POL) are then trained and guided to give HIV prevention advice to their friends and acquaintances in everyday conversations.
Research has shown that the POL intervention when carried out in communities of gay men, inner-city women, and disadvantaged adolescents reduces levels of HIV risk behavior by approximately one-third of their earlier levels.

Reducing the burden of HIV and aids is a national challenge, and sometimes an uphill battle. The CDC estimates that approximately 56,000 new HIV infections occurred in 2006. The Medical College of Wisconsin is working together with the CDC and other policy makers to help change the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States.

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And finally, the winner is……….Milk, for best actor and best original screenplay. Touching speeches from Sean Penn who accepted the Oscar for his portrayal of slain gay rights activist, Harvey Milk and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Congratulations to everyone involved in the film.

And that’s all for the news this Wednesday February 25, 2009.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Queery Announcements this week

GAY ANNOUNCEMENT FEBRUARY 18, 2009


THIS SATURDAY IS THE THIRD SATURDAY AND THAT MEANS IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER DAIRYLAND DANCE AT CLUB 5 IN MADISON. THESE COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS ARE HOSTING VISITORS FROM MINNEAPOLIS AT THE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21ST DANCE. TWO-STEP AND LINE DANCE LESSONS ARE FROM 4 PM TO 6PM. OPEN DANCING FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM. THERE’S ALSO A POTLUCK AT 5:30 OR 6 PM. SUGGESTED DONATION AT THE DOOR. CLUB 5 IS LOCATED AT 5 APPLEGATE COURT IN MADISON. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (608) 277-9700.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, OUTREACH- MADISON'S LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
IS HOSTING A MARDI GRAS PARTY FROM 5-9:00PM AT THEIR OFFICE 600 WILIAMSON ST. SUITE P-1. THERE WILL BE NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND DRINK, CAJUN MUSIC, GAMES, COSTUME CONTEST, MASK AND FACE PAINTING WORKSHOPS, AND FUN! FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT STEVE AT 608.255.8582

SATURDAY EVENING, YOU CAN ATTEND THE PAY IT FORWARD PARTY BENEFITING THE AIDS NETWORK AT CLUB 5, 5 APPLEGATE COURT. THE EVENT WAS MADE TO INSPIRE THE COMMMUNITY TO NOT ONLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT ALSO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THAT WILL CHANGE PEOPLES LIVES. CALL CLUB 5 AT 608-277-9700 FOR MORE INFO.

WISCONSIN CAPITOL PRIDE HAS BEGUN ITS FUNDRAISING TO REVIVE AND CELEBRATE PRIDE AMONG THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN MADISON. THIS YEAR’S PRIDE EVENT WILL MARK THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRIDE CELEBRATIONS IN MADISON. ON SUNDAY, THE HOOKAH LOUNGE AT 77 SIRLOIN STRIP IN MADISON, IS HOSTING A CAPITOL PRIDE BEER BASH FUNDRAISER. THE BASH LASTS FROM 4-8PM. AFTERWARD, YOU CAN STOP AT CLUB 5, AT 5 APPLEGATE COURT IN MADISON, FOR THEIR CAPITOL PRIDE FUNDRAISING DRAG SHOW…..YOU CAN ENJOY THE BEER BASH, ENJOY THE SHOW AND HELP MAKE YOUR PRIDE THE BEST MADISON HAS EVER SEEN.
ALSO ON SUNDAY THERE IS ANOTHER CAMP BINGO FOR THE AIDSNETWORK OF WISCONSIN WITH CELEBRITY BALL CALLER CHRISTINE BELLPORT THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, FROM 1:00PM - 5:00PM AT THE EDGEWATER - 666 WISCONSIN AVENUE, EMAIL: DCURD@AIDSNETWORK.ORG

AND FOR YOU SPORTS FANS OUT THERE…..I BELIEVE THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND OF PLAYOFFS FOR THE MADISON GAY HOCKEY IT'S BEEN ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. COME AND CHEER YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS AS THEY BATTLE IT OUT FOR TOP RANKS AND BRAGGING RIGHTS! GAMES AT 6:20, 7:30, AND 8:40. THIS IS A FREE EVENT! AT THE CAPITOL ICE ARENA
2616 PLEASANT VIEW ROAD, MIDDLETON. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.MADISONGAYHOCKEY.ORG

AND THAT’S ALL FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK FEBRUARY 18, 2009.

Queery News this week

BIG GAY NEWS 02/18/2009

GOVERNOR JIM DOYLE LAID OUT HIS BIENNIAL PROPOSED BUDGET LAST NIGHT AND ALTHOUGH MUCH IS BEING SAID ABOUT CLOSING SERVICES AND TAXING THE WEALTHIEST WISCONSIN PEOPLE. SOMETHING THAT ISN’T GETTING MUCH ATTENTION IS HIS INCLUSION OF LIMITED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP PROTECTIONS FOR THE WISCONSIN’S SAME-SEX.
THE PROPOSED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS WILL GRANT BASIC PROTECTIONS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES IN CARING, COMMITTED RELATIONSHIPS, INCLUDING HOSPITAL VISITATION AND THE ABILITY TO TAKE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE TO CARE FOR A SICK PARTNER.
FAIR WISCONSIN, AND SEVERAL LGBT ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS THANKED GOVERNOR. A POLL CONDUCTED IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR SUGGESTS THAT THREE-QUARTERS OF LIKELY WISCONSIN VOTERS SUPPORT SOME FORM OF LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES.
IN HIS ADDRESS DOYLE SAID THIS…..QUOTE "IF WE WANT OUR ECONOMY TO FLOURISH - IF WE WANT TO HELP ATTRACT AND RETAIN TALENTED WORKERS - IT IS ALSO TIME TO MAKE SURE OUR STATE TAKES SOME BASIC STEPS TOWARD FAIRNESS AND DECENCY. FIRST, WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT DOMESTIC PARTNERS WHO WORK FOR THE STATE HAVE ACCESS TO BENEFITS. WE CAN ALSO MAKE SURE THAT A COMMITTED COUPLE HAS VISITATION RIGHTS AT A HOSPITAL, AND THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE APPROPRIATE LEAVE IF ONE HAS A SERIOUS ILLNESS." (END QUOTE).
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A WISCONSIN WOMAN IS SUING THE THE FOND DU LAC REGIONAL HOSPITAL BECAUSE SHE WAS DENIED SURGERY TO REMOVE HER GALLBLADDER BECAUSE SHE HAS HIV.
LAMBDA LEGAL AND THE AIDS RESOURCE CENTER OF WISCONSIN (ARCW) FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT FEBRUARY 12 ON BEHALF OF MELODY ROSE, A 35-YEAR-OLD WISCONSIN WOMAN INCARCERATED AT TAYCHEEDAH CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN FOND DU LAC
AN ATTORNEY WITH LAMBDA LEGAL'S HIV PROJECT TEAM SAID THAT DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTHCARE REMAINS A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AND THAT DR. CAHEE'S ACTIONS FLY IN THE FACE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOR FOR A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL,"
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IN POLITICAL NEWS….. NORTH MIAMI MAYOR KEVIN BURNS, WHO IS THE CITY'S FIRST OPENLY GAY MAYOR, IS MAKING A BID FOR THE U.S. SENATE SEAT OCCUPIED BY REPUBLICAN MEL MARTINEZ, WHO WILL LEAVE NEXT YEAR. BURNS, IS BEING FORCED OUT OF THE MAYOR POSITION BY TERM LIMITS IN MAY. IF ELECTED TO THE SENATE, HE’D BE THE FIRST OPENLY GAY U.S. SENATOR.
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A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTERS ADVOCATING THE LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE IN CHINA TURNED HEADS IN BEIJING, ON VALENTINE’S DAY. TWO MEN AND TWO WOMEN GAY COUPLES POSED FOR WEDDING PHOTOS ALONG THE MAIN DRAG OF QIANMEN AVENUE, A BUSY SHOPPING DISTRICT IN BEIJING GATHERING LARGE CROWDS OF ONLOOKERS AND PEOPLE ASKING QUESTIONS – WHICH PROMPTED MIXED REACTIONS.
WHILE MANY ONLOOKERS EXPRESSED SUPPORT, SAYING THEY WERE AWARE THERE ARE MANY OPENLY GAY MEN AND WOMEN IN CHINA, OTHERS WERE NOT SYMPATHETIC TO THE CAUSE. BUT NO ONE, INCLUDING THE GUARDS IN THE AREA ON SATURDAY, TRIED TO STOP THE GROUP FROM ITS DEMONSTRATION.
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AND IN NOT SUCH GREAT NEWS. THE UPDATE ON WORT'S WINTER ON-AIR DRIVE...IS NOT LOOKING SO WELL. ON MONDAY, AT THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF THE DRIVE, WE HAD PLEDGES AT ABOUT $12,000 SHORT OF OUR GOAL OF $55,000 FOR THE WEEK. UNLESS WE CAN REVERSE THIS TREND DURING THESE REMAINING 5 DAYS OF THE DRIVE, WE ARE LIKELY TO FINISH THE DRIVE IN EXCESS OF A $24,000 SHORTFALL! BUT…..THERE IS STILL HOPE. YOU CAN HELP – BY CALLING AND MAKING A PLEDGE AT 256.2001 AND LETTING ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW TO CALL IN TO SUPPORT WORT AS WELL. WORT’S BEEN AROUND FOR 33 YEARS, AND QUEERY’S BEEN AROUND FOR 12 OF THOSE YEARS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE HERE….BUT ONLY WITH YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.


AND THAT’S ALL FOR THE NEWS THIS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2009.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WORT Needs Our Help!

Hey Wonderful Queery and WORT Supporters,

Here's the update on WORT's winter on-air drive...
At the end of the first week of the drive, we had pledges totaling $43,000--$12,000 short of our goal of $55,000 for the week. UNLESS WE CAN REVERSE THIS TREND DURING THE REMAINING 5 DAYS OF THE DRIVE, WE ARE LIKELY TO FINISH THE DRIVE IN EXCESS OF $24,000 SHORT OF OUR GOAL! ADDED TO THE $13,000 SHORTFALL FROM OUR FALL PLEDGE DRIVE, WE STAND TO BE $ $47,000 SHORT OF OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR THE FIRST 8 MONTHS OF OUR FISCAL YEAR!

WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!!!

1) If you haven't already, please pledge whatever you can afford--by phone: 608-256-2001, Toll Free: 1-866-899-9678 or on-line at: http://www.wort-fm.org
2) Please encourage all of your friends and family to listen and to pledge their support. Use the internet to promote the pledge drive by emailing friends, family and co-workers, and by posting bulletins to social networking sites you may use such as Facebook, Myspace, etc. Remind everyone that we are now streaming online and providing podcasts,audio archives and two HD radio signals as well as our original analog signal. The more people that are listening and giving to WORT,the less the burden is on each one of us. Please make sure that everyone you know is aware that their support RIGHT NOW, is crucial to maintaining this unique community resource during these challenging economic times.
3) If you have time you can always grab some pledge cards and carry them around with you and collect pledges while you're at a party, a show, or a gathering of like-minded folks who appreciate and support alternative music and news!
4) Programmers, remember that at listener-sponsored radio, on-air fundraising IS programming and if it's done well,over time you'll increase your base of support and be able to meet your goals. Being prepared goes a long way towards running a great pledge drive program. Please try to show up early to look at your list of special pledge premiums and address any questions you may have.


WORT 89.9 FM NEEDS YOUR HELP!javascript:void(0)

The theme for this drive (running through Sunday, February 22nd) "Keep WORT Wired", expresses a simple sentiment: without your support we won’t be able to exist, we won’t be able to maintain the equipment necessary to keep our wonderfully eclectic blend of volunteer-powered programming on the air. We know that economic times are tough—WORT is being affected by the economic downturn as well. Meanwhile, we’ve been here through the past, oh, 28 years of trickle-down economics, de-regulation, privatization, imperial wars, and tax breaks for the wealthy and corporate globalization: decrying such practices all along and calling for policies that put people before profits, peace instead of war. And we plan to continue to be here, but only with your generous support!

So call (608)256-2001, or toll-free (866)-899-WORT, or go on-line to http://www.wort-fm.org but do something TODAY to help keep community radio alive and vital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This week's show: Interview with Mike Jones

Thanks to everyone who pledged to WORT during our show on Wednesday. We met our goal for the show, but WORT continues to need listener support more than ever in this unpredictable economy. In other words, if you have any more money to throw our way, we'll take it.

We had a great interview with Mike Jones, former escort to Ted Haggard, the one-time anti-gay activist and head of the 30-million member National Association of Evangelicals who was forced to resign in 2006 after Jones made it public that Haggard had been hiring him for sex. (Haggard initially denied the claim, but has since admitted being sexually involved with Jones. On a recent episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Haggard described himself as "heterosexual with issues.")

We talked with Jones about his book I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall, recent information that has come to light about Haggard's pursuit of a male parishioner and the likelihood that additional relationships will come to light. We also talked about the surprising feedback Jones has received from people on the religious right, with many thanking him for making them face the hypocrisy in their movement and telling him privately that the evangelical church needs to take a more positive approach to homosexuality. (Now the only thing that needs to happen is for more of these church members to integrate their private beliefs and actions into their public personae.)

We're sorry to report that, due to technical issues, the second half of the show was not recorded and therefore doesn't appear in the archived or podcast version. If anyone out there recorded it the old-school way, let us know.

We'll be offering I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall as a pledge premium during next week's show.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Uniting America's Families Act to be reintroduced to Congress

The Uniting America's Families Act would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor same-sex partners from other countries for immigration, just as married, opposite-sex partners are currently permitted to do under U.S. law. Under current regulations, a U.S. citizen who is legally married to a same-sex partner from abroad (whether under the laws of a U.S. state or another nation) is not able to sponsor his or her partner for immigration.

We received the following news today from Immigration Equality, a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals.

Great News! Rep. Jerrold Nadler plans to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act on Feb. 13!

You can make the bill a success by convincing your Representative to support the bill from Day One. Reintroducing the bill with as many cosponsors as possible will show powerful momentum for the rights of gay and lesbian binational couples!

Please call your Representative and ask them to be an original cosponsor of the “Uniting American Families Act of 2009”


It’s easy!

1. Find out who your U.S. House Representative is. Go to http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm, enter your address, and you will be provided the name of your U.S. Representative.

2. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative.

3. Tell your representative’s staff:

I am calling to ask Representative ________________ to be an original cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act of 2009. To cosponsor, he/she must contact Rep. Jerrold Nadler who is the lead sponsor.

The U.S. government discriminates against gay and lesbian binational couples by not allowing us to sponsor our foreign-born life partners for immigration. Because of this, we face the terrible choice of separating from the person we love or leaving our country. As Americans, we should not have to choose between family and country. Please ask Rep. _________________ to cosponsor the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 by reaching out to Rep. Nadler before February 12.

Thanks for asking your member of Congress to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day by cosponsoring UAFA!

Next week's show

Join us next week during the Pledge Drive! As you may know, in the past few weeks the disgraced pastor Ted Haggard has told his story to Oprah, Larry King, and HBO. Funny, no one is talking to Mike Jones, the gay male escort who exposed his three year relationship with the hypocritical pastor.

Join Queery next Monday when WE speak with Jones about the great personal risk he endured by exposing Haggard's hypocrisy and how it helped fight anti-gay legislation. That's Queery next Wednesday at 7:00pm on WORT 89.9FM or www.wort-fm.org

This week's show

Kristy's playlist for February 4, 2009; Loss, Love and Lust:

1- Better off Dancing, The Donnas
2- Dark Lines, The Gossip
3- Empty Spaces, Mary Gauthier
4- Lucky in Love, Erica Wheeler
5- Fistful of Love, Antony and the Johnsons
6- Just What I Needed, Toshi Reagon
7- Kiss Me, Jeffrey Altergott
8- Because It's Not Love, The Pipettes
9- Hit it Hard, Peaches
10- Drive, Melissa Ferrick

Happy February, Folks!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

California Supreme Court Accepts Oral Arguments in Prop 8 Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2009

Media Contact:
Calla Devlin Communications Director
NCLR
415.392.6257 x324
Mobile: 415.205.2420
cdevlin@nclrights.org

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS IN PROP 8 LEGAL
CHALLENGE ON MARCH 5

Attorney General, Governor, and nation's top civil rights groups agree:
Invalidate Prop 8


(San Francisco, CA, February 3, 2009) The California Supreme Court
announced today that it will hear oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009
in the Proposition 8 legal challenge. The National Center for Lesbian Rights,
Lambda Legal, and the ACLU—with support from civil rights groups, religious
organizations, labor unions, and legal scholars—argue that Proposition 8 is
invalid because the people of California have established strict safeguards
that prohibit the underlying principles of the California Constitution from being
changed by a simple majority vote. By taking away a right only from one
group, Proposition 8 violates the most basic principle of our government:
that all people are entitled to equal treatment under the law.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is also asking the Court to invalidate
Proposition 8 on the ground that certain fundamental rights, including the
right to marry, are inalienable and can not be put up for a popular vote.
On November 10, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that he
hoped the Court would overturn Proposition 8. On CNN, he said of Proposition
8's passage, "It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end, I think that we
will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move
forward from there and again lead in that area."
On November 19, 2008, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear the legal
challenges to Proposition 8 and set an expedited schedule. Briefing in the
case was completed on January 21, 2009.
The California Supreme Court must issue its decisions within 90 days of oral
argument.
On January 15, 2009, 43 friend-of-the-court briefs urging the Court to
invalidate Prop 8 were filed, arguing that Proposition 8 drastically alters the
equal protection guarantee in California's Constitution and that the rights of a
minority cannot be eliminated by a simple majority vote. The supporters
represent the full gamut of California's and the nation's civil rights
organizations and legal scholars, as well as California legislators, local
governments, bar associations, business interests, labor unions, and religious
groups.

In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court held that laws that treat people
differently based on their sexual orientation violate the equal protection
clause of the California Constitution and that same-sex couples have the
same fundamental right to marry as other Californians. Proposition 8
eliminated this fundamental right only for same-sex couples. No other
initiative has ever successfully changed the California Constitution to take
away a right only from a targeted minority group. Proposition 8 passed by a
bare majority of 52 percent on November 4.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU filed this
challenge on November 5, representing Equality California, whose members
include many same-sex couples who married between June 16 and November
4, 2008, and six same-sex couples who want to marry in California. The
California Supreme Court has also agreed to hear two other challenges filed
on the same day: one filed by the City and County of San Francisco (joined
by Santa Clara County and the City of Los Angeles, and subsequently by Los
Angeles County and other local governments); and another filed by a private
attorney.

Serving as co-counsel on the case with NCLR, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU
are the Law Office of David C. Codell, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, and Orrick,
Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

The case is Strauss et al. v. Horton et al. (#S168047). For more information,
go to: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/prop8.htm


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The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization
committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy
advocacy, and public education. www.nclrights.org/overturn8