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.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger Married Two Gay Couples As Republican Governor Of California

Arnold Schwarzenegger Married Two Gay Couples As Republican Governor Of California

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Gay Marriage Same Sex Prop 8
Arnold Schwarzenegger was ushered in as the 38th governor of California in 2003. As a member of the Republican party in a primarily Democratic state, as well as a former Mr. Universe and Hollywood action hero, he did not fit the typical mold. In a recent interview, Schwarzenegger reveals how he married two gay couples during his time in offices and championed gay marriage rights.
Schwarzenegger revealed that he performed two same-sex marriage ceremonieswhile governor in an upcoming interview on "60 Minutes," CBS News reported.
The conversation began when Lesley Stahl noted that Schwarzenegger called Susan Kennedy, his chief of staff, “a cigar-smoking lesbian," according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“She got married. Did you go to the wedding?” Stahl asks.
“I performed the wedding in the office,” the former governor reveals. “I married her in the office — in the governor’s office.”
Adding, “I’m for that she gets the kind of wedding and the kind of ceremony that I had when I got married with Maria [Shriver].That she happens to love a woman, and I am — a guy that loves a woman, that is two different things. It doesn't make any difference. She should still have her ceremony.”
Schwarzenegger also reveals in the married a gay assistant in the governor’s office.
“I didn’t know that,” Stahl says.
“That’s why I give you the scoop,” he replies.
Schwarzenegger's position on gay marriage has vacillated in the past. He vetoed two same-sex marriage bills, once in 2005 and once in 2007, reported the San Francisco Gate.

"This will be part of his legacy," Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, which sponsored AB43, told the San Francisco Gate. "He single-handedly is standing in the way of lifting the cloud of discrimination for millions of Californians."
However, in 2008 Schwarzenegger changed his tune and supported the overturn of Proposition 8, the legislation that outlaws gay marriage, the Los Angeles Timespreviously reported.
Schwarzenegger has been making the media rounds to promote his new memoir,"Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story." His press tour has served up many sound bites, including disclosures about his betrayal of Maria Shriver and admittance to an affair with Brigitte Nielsen.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's "60 Minutes" interview can be seen on the 45th season premiere of the show, Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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Prop 8's Ron George Author of The 21st Century Dread Scott Decision

“ ‘[A]mendment’ implies such an addition or change within the lines of the original instrument as will effect an improvement, or better carry out the purpose for which it was framed." (Livermore v. Waite (1894) 102 Cal. 113, 118-119, 36 P. 424 (Livermore).)
With all due respect to the Supreme Court of California, the Court is an ass when it comes to Strauss v. Horton 46 Cal.4th 364, 93 Cal.Rptr.3d 591, 207 P.3d 48. As the author of "Is The Proposed ‘Limit On Marriage’ Initiative Too Late?", an opinion piece published on May 21, 2008, in the Metropolitian News, I expressed my opinion and actual belief that the Court would remove the still not qualified at the time initiavie that would be later known as Proposition 8 from the ballot.
Call me stupid but I actually believed this, as incredible as it sounds, after reading the decision in In re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 Cal.4th 757 [76 Cal.Rptr.3d 683, 183 P.3d 384], which recognized gay and lesbian equality in every aspect of California law. Logically, the Hate Initiative could not be viewed as an improvement of the California Constitution, or even better, carry out the purposes for for which it was framed. We won the important right to take marriage vows as compared to appearing before a notary (which is how Domestic Partnerships are entered).
But I was mistaken, Chief Justice Ronald George authored an opinion finding that "marraige" was a mere word. The implication was immediate. Gays and lesbians were prevented from taking vows before a Justice of the Peace, Judge, or religious leader. Instead we were forced to humiliate and disrespect ourselves by having to revert to a notary in places such as a stationary shop on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.
Thankfully the Federal Court has recognized that HATE against a specific minority cannot be enshrined in a State Consitution by a mere amendment.
Now, in 2012, I was reading the Los Angleles Times on a Sunday across from my husband of going on three years (we were dating for 30 years before that), when I read about how "Prop 8 article leads to attack" against he author of the article, a college student named Destiinie Mogg-Baldwin. I then started to cry. I then turned to my trusty iPad2 and Googled her opinion piece. Destinie questioned the absurdity of Prop 8. And then I felt compelled to wirte this to let Destine that the answer to her question is that we are a HATED minority and HATE defies logic.
Destine, if you are reading this, please do not give up. Please wirte about your experience with HATE. Let others know what you have been through. With that, you will tell a piece of the mosaic that makes up our lives in the struggle for equality, and it is a struggle we will win.
God Bless You And Your Courage.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

California Republicans and Mitt Romney Might Actually Exist InAlternate Universes

We look back on President Ronald Reagan's involvement in supporting us during The Brigg's Initiative. He had a lot to loose with him eyeing the presedency but he did what was right. Arnold Schwarzenegger did something even more profound, when we asked him in February of 2008 to oppose the signature collection drive for what would be Prop 8, Schwarzenegger came to our convention, and publicly declared his oppostion (and have be a bear hug). His staff and fundraisers and family did not know what he was going to do at our convention. It was similar to how he announced his run for governor which he did on Leno. Our request to him was covered by The Huffington Post. We changed the political landscape. If it wasn't for Schwarzenegger's support the Court, in May, would have stayed the marraige decision until after the November election but the Chief Justice, knowing of the Governor's support, (it is believed) permited the marraiges to take place. Without Schwarzenegger's support, marraige never would have happened.
With this in mind, we, Kevin and Don, are marraige suffrogists. We cannot endorse or support Mitt Romney because the fight for gay marriage is central to our core beliefs. We would be self-loathing if we did not express our grave concerns on this issue.
We love the club and its support and our members who got married in California during the marriage window hopefully know this.
However, an endorsement of Mitt Romeny, who is on the wrong side of history, is something of heated debades at our diner table and we hope it does not occur.
With that, we look back at Ronald Reagan and wish we could ask him for his opinion on the issue.
NOTE It is important for today's lgbt youth to respect and love themselves because internalized homophobia is a contributing factor to HIV infection and transmission in men who have sex with men. 

As a historian, I know Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney Is No Ronald Reagan.

Kevin Norte
A look back on where we have been with Ronald Reagan. Sometimes I feel that people want to forget this important time in our history. Don and I cannto support Mitt Romney. I understand that others can but the marriage struggle has defined us, The Nortes, and the back room deals we, in California did, to move the governor on this issue, is remarkable. Don and I respect our marriage and Mitt Romeny does not respect our marriage. We long for true republicans that have been our friends. We are tired of the polotic rehetoric. We believe Prop 8 will go to the full Supreme Court. The 9th Circuit limited the precedent upon which it was based to state it applied where rights WERE granted. The precedent, Romer, in reading it, applies to prospective laws too. This lends support to our belief that all state constitutional amendments are illegal under Romer.
We will have full marriage equality by our (Kevin and Don)'s fifth anniversary.
With that in mind, I recall Ronald Reagan, a true american hero. His role in our fight is diminished by what happened during AIDS but that occurred after. Perhaps without Reagan, Briggs would have been the law in Califorina.
I have to look back to remember what we are about. We are not about Romney because he hurts families like those who got married during the Prop 8 window, a window LCR helped cause behind the scenes.

Ronald Reagan, And His Pro Gay Actions On The Anti Gay Briggs Initiative

The Briggs Initiative, which for a time was winning in polls conducted prior to the election with about 61% of voters supporting it while 31% opposed. The extreme right state legislator John Briggs was pushing Prop 6, the ballot initiative describing it as an initiative that would defend your children from homosexual teachers." Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Supervisor Dan White was leading the campaign for the passage of the Briggs Initiative.

It was the first attempt to restrict gay and lesbian rights through a ballot measure. However, it is historically significant that the polls changed in the opponents favor when former Governor Ronald Reagan, later President opposed the measure. Reagan opposed the ballot initiative sponsored by religious conservatives that would have barred homosexuals from teaching in the public schools. As legend has it, Reagan penned an editorial for a major California newspaper in which he opposed the initiative. The timing is significant because he was then preparing to run for president, a race in which he would need the support of conservatives and moderates who felt very uncomfortable with homosexual teachers, nevertheless Reagan chose to state his convictions.

However, in the fall of 2006, a committee of Log Cabin Republicans spearheaded by Trustee Kevin Norte began researching the legend of the Reagan editorial and the Briggs Initiative and utilized the services of a student worker, Grant Grays, at the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Grays discovered Reagan sent a letter to a pro-Briggs Initiative group in which he opposed the initiative. The entire text of Reagan's letter of opposition was never printed in the public media. The most extensive excerpts from his statement were reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle of September 24, 1978 where it was revealed that the future President opposed the Briggs Initiative. Reagan's letter also allegedly stated, "Whatever else it is, homosexuality is not a contagious disease like the measles. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual's sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child's teachers do not really influence this."

Reagan's editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner less than a week before the election on November 1, 1978.  But it was his his public position taken in September and not the editorial itself is believed to have caused the tide of change in support of Prop 6 because his editorial was only published after the polling indicated that Prop 8 was trailing at the polls.

In the end the Briggs Initiative was defeated by over one million votes and would have prevented gay men and lesbians from being public school teachers in California. Even John Briggs' home territory, the conservative Orange County, rejected the measure. Without Reagan's personal, forceful opposition to Briggs it's likely the measure would have passed. There is, however, no public acknowledgement of Reagan's historic stance on the Briggs Initiative at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Monday, September 17, 2012

WeHo Weighs Longer Meter Hours

West Hollywood considers longer parking meter hours; Term Limits Update
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WeHo Weighs Longer Meter Hours

Earlier this year, the City of West Hollywood raised parking meter rates from $1.00 to $1.50 per hour--and many of you let me know exactly what you felt about it.  Now, the City is considering extending the hours of operation for the parking meters, and you have a chance to weigh in.

Hoping to raise at least $1 million in new revenues, the City is proposing the following changes:
  • Extend meter operations from 6 PM to 2 AM on meters West of Fairfax
  • Extend meter operations from 6 PM to 10 PM on meters East of Fairfax
  • Add Sunday meter enforcement between 11 AM and 8 PM citywide
The City budget has already appropriated funds from extended meter enforcement in its budget, but that does not mean these longer hours are a done deal.  In the late 1990's a similar proposal was adopted, extending enforcement hours in the Boystown area, but repealed after public outrage.

Personally, this is the kind of money-grab that is unwise during an economic downturn but which is necessitated by the excesses of a City Hall where spending is out-of-control.  West Hollywood residents and visitors should not be on the hook for six-figure salaries and Soho House lunches.

If meter hours are going to be extended, I do not believe Sundays should be treated any different from any other day of the week--on establishment of religion grounds--and that any extension after 6 PM should be matched by a concomitant extension in the number of hours allowed to park at that meter.

But those are my thoughts--I want to hear from YOU.

Now is your chance to speak up.  Please come to Wednesday's Transportation Commission at City Hall at 7 PM or email me to let me know your thoughts.

Term Limits Update

I have joined with a group of West Hollywood residents to circulate an intiative to put Term Limits for the City Council on the March Ballot.  We are fast approaching our deadline to submit the signatures and I'm happy to report that success is in sight!

If you live in West Hollywood and want to sign the petition--or circulate it and get even more signatures--please visit and sign up today!

Join me Sunday for Matt Szabo

On Sunday, September 23, I will be co-hosting an event to support Matt Szabo for LA City Council.  Matt is not only a friend, but perhaps the most-qualified candidate to serve on the Los Angeles City Council that I have seen in years.

Owen Ward, Leor Ram, Sam Borrelli, Christopher Landavazo and I understand that it is important to have a Councilmember in Los Angeles who will develop transportation solutions alongside new buildings, and who has experience balancing the City's troubled finances.  That candidate is Matt Szabo.

Please join us next Sunday afternoon to help Matt make his mark on the future of Los Angeles.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Foundation For Fall Campaign


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Commented 23 hours ago in Gay Voices

“In 2008 when my future husband and myself, during the signature gathering phase of the anti-gay marriage petition drive, asked the governor to lend his support and his name to our side, I told him it would show that, in the end, he was on the right side of history and helped raise the level of consciousness on the issue. Most governors stay on the side lines during initiative-signature drives in California. Governor Schwarzenegger chose not to and The Huffington Post even reported on our meeting (See ). It is nice to see the next generation of Schwarzeneggers (or Shrivers) be on our side too.”