Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Friday, February 17, 2006

SC Limits Courts' Authority to Remove Initiatives From Ballot

Metropolitan News-Enterprise Friday, February 17, 2006 Page 1
S.C. Limits Courts’ Authority to Remove Initiatives From Ballot Discrepancy Between Circulated Version and That Submitted to Officials Not Always Fatal, Justices Say
By KENNETH OFGANG, Staff Writer/Appellate Courts
A discrepancy between the version of an initiative measure circulated for voter signatures and that submitted to the attorney general for title and summary does not necessarily require removal of the measure from the ballot, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday. Such a discrepancy will not be fatal, Chief Justice Ronald M. George wrote for the court, when it is inadvertent and “it is apparent that the technical defect in question, as a realistic matter, did not adversely affect the integrity of the electoral process or frustrate the purposes underlying the relevant constitutional or statutory requirements.”
The high court agreed that the Superior Court and Court of Appeal were correct in entertaining a preelection challenge to Proposition 77, since the grounds of challenge dealt with the procedure by which the measure qualified rather than the substance. The justices held, however, that lower courts erred in ruling the measure off the November 2005 special election ballot; the high court on Aug. 12 of last year issued an expedited ruling placing the measure back on the ballot, pending further proceedings after the election.
Voters rejected the measure, which would have transferred the power to redraw congressional, legislative, and State Board of Equalization districts from the Legislature to a commission made up of retired judges, by a margin of nearly 3-2. The high court, however, subsequently heard arguments on the case and rendered a decision in order to provide guidance in future cases. Majority of Four Yesterday’s ruling was issued by the same four-justice majority that placed the measure on last year’s ballot—George, Justices Ming Chin and Marvin Baxter, and Court of Appeal Justice Richard Aldrich of this district’s Div. Three, who was assigned to the case after Janice Rogers Brown left the court.
Justice Joyce L. Kennard, joined by Justice Carlos Moreno, argued in dissent for a bright-line rule barring any measure from the ballot if there is a substantive difference between the circulated version and that submitted to the attorney general.
Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar wrote separately, arguing that since procedural defects in petitions are never an adequate basis to invalidate a measure after an election, the issue became moot as soon as the court placed Proposition 77 back on the ballot and there was no need for “the majority’s extensive obiter dicta” on an issue that was effectively resolved last August. George, writing for the court, said the core substantive changes in the redistricting process that would have been wrought by Proposition 77 were the same under both versions. The only differences, he said, were with regard to technical points, such as the timing of the appointments of members of the commission, that would not have influenced voters’ willingness to sign the petitions. “[A]n unreasonably literal or inflexible application of constitutional or statutory requirements that fails to take into account the purpose underlying the particular requirement at issue would be inconsistent with the fundamental nature of the people’s constitutionally enshrined initiative power....,” George wrote. Kennard Dissent Kennard, dissenting, argued that the majority’s approach is inconsistent with the fundamental requirement that the circulated measure have been submitted to the attorney general for title and summary for what the justice described as “serves the crucial purpose of establishing the official text of the initiative so that its merits may be carefully and accurately examined and debated within the Legislature and in other public forums during a period of months leading up to the election at which the initiative will appear on the ballot.” Those who breach this “clear and easily satisfied directive” should not be permitted to claim to have substantially complied with the law if the two versions “differ[ ] in meaning,” she wrote. The case is Costa v. Superior Court (Lockyer), 06 S.O.S. 802. Copyright 2006, Metropolitan News Company

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Dale Kelly Bankhead Marriage Equality Ballot Update: Rapid Response Team Launched

Marriage Equality Ballot Update: Rapid Response Team Launched

Thursday, February 16, 2006 12:01 PM
"Kevin Norte" <XXXXXX>

Dear Kevin,
Thanks to everyone's hard work, we stopped radical conservatives from qualifying a ban on recognition of same sex relationships for the June ballot.
That's great news.
But an urgent threat still remains. With a last-minute push, our opponents could easily qualify for the November 2006 ballot, requiring us to quickly ramp up campaign activities.
That's why we need you to stay tuned in, stay alert and join the Equality for All Rapid Response Team.
Rapid Response Team members pledge to take action if we learn that the opposition is making a serious run for the November ballot.
If our opponents suddenly surface with six-figure donations or a huge under-the-radar push for petitions, Rapid Response Team members like you will be the first to know. If this happens, you will receive an urgent email alerting you to the danger and asking you to fulfill your pledge to act.
Please visit the Equality for All Web site and sign up to take action against discrimination.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dale Kelly Bankhead, Campaign Manager
Equality For All

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Welcome To My Blog

To Begin with, I am Kevin and I live in Hollywood. I live with Donnie, Zoe, and Fosse. Zoe is our little girl cat. Fosse is our little boy cat. Donnie is my high school sweetheart. We met in 1978 and before the year was out we recreated the wedding scene from West Side Story and viewed us as married at 16. It was not that much of a secret because people could tell. But they did not know how committed we were. We got jobs, save up money and went on our Honeymoon to Aruba. in fact we even missed school.
Why is this important.
Because we were not born innocent.  Nothing was ever handed to us. We were both born on the wrong side of the tracks. Any hope that our families had for us were to graduate high school. In many ways we actually raised each other from 16 years old on up. College was beyond their expectations. Obtaining a JD and Don a Master's at NYU certainly went against probability if you worried about to odds.

Driving out to California without knowing a single person and being all on our won, well it was a trip.

We are Log Cabin Republicans because we believe in personal responsibility as a religious conviction. Our families struggled to give us a better life. And they did not dispose of us because we were gay.

I am alarmed at today's politics because it is all bickering. Reform is needed. If one truly listens to Arnold Schwarzenegger, you will realize that he is a reformer. The budget is a mess and he can't solve it. Prop 13 has seen to that. But he can reform the way our state operates. Governor Schwarzenegger sees a better tomorrow. I can actually feel the future.