Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge in San Francisco


Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8. California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as it has already issued 18,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples and has not suffered any demonstrated harm as a result,see FF 64-66; moreover, California officials have chosen not to defend Proposition 8 in these proceedings.

Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of judgment permanently enjoining its enforcement; prohibiting the official defendants from applying or enforcing Proposition 8 and directing the official defendants that all persons under their control or supervision shall not apply or enforce Proposition 8. The clerk is DIRECTED to enter judgment without bond in favor of plaintiffs and plaintiff-intervenors and against defendants and defendant-intervenors pursuant to FRCP 58.


Full Decision at:
Full Decision: Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge in San Francisco

Governor Schwarznegger's Response is Classy:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a ruling invalidating Proposition 8:

“Judge Walker had the great responsibility of deciding whether Proposition 8 violates the Constitution of the United States. He heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due process, equal protection and freedom from discrimination. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and I am glad that all viewpoints were respected throughout the proceedings. We should also recognize that there will continue to be different points of view in the wake of this decision.

“For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for all Californians to consider our history of leading the way to the future, and our growing reputation of treating all people and their relationships with equal respect and dignity.

“Today's decision is by no means California's first milestone, nor our last, on America's road to equality and freedom for all people.”

Governor Schwarznegger's Response to the Judge's Ruling Against Prop8

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The Shadows of Time

Kamila Shamsie's novel "Burnt Shadows" uses a cinemascope vision to portray a Japanese woman's struggle to understand her life in a spinning world where historic forces seem to lead her and her family into an inevitable showdown with fate. Hiroko carries the memories and scars imprinted into her skin from the atomic blast in Nagasaki in 1945 from Japan to India to post-partition Pakistan. Her son Raza carries the memories into a politically charged New York where the events of September 11, 2001 still loom in our headlines. Shamsie deftly leads the reader through the haunted landscapes of the last sixty years and by distilling chilling historical events through the vision of one family her words shed light into the shadows of time.

An important work that I highly recommend.

More on the author:
Kamila Shamsie: British Council Contemporary Authors
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Initial Thoughts on Inception

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is the box office smash of the summer of 2010 which is indicative of the film's place in the new century. Whether the film will stand alongside "Citizen Kane" or "Taxi Driver" is up to the future to decide. But it can be argued that Nolan's film provides a necessary contemporary conduit for the questions: "What is reality?" and "Who decides what reality is?"

The Persistence of Being

The Persistence of Being
Gregg Chadwick
36"x24" oil on linen 2010

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U2 Debuts New Song at 360 Tour Rehearsal in Torino, Italy

An August surprise from U2. Listen with the crowd waiting for the Torino show as the band runs through a new song and others during the soundcheck. Rumor has it that Miss Sarajevo will also be played on this leg of the tour ...

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