Governor Schwartzenegger signs 3 GLBT friendly bills - Including Harvey Milk Day!!!

  • metta

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    Oct 12, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
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    Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law three historic LGBT rights bills sponsored by EQCA:
    The Harvey Milk Day bill, authored by Senator Mark Leno, will honor the slain civil rights leader with the nation’s first “day of special significance” for an openly LGBT person in the country;
    The Family Protection and Marriage Recognition Act, also authored by Senator Leno, underscores that same-sex couples married out of state are entitled to full recognition in California, and
    The LGBT Domestic Violence Programs Expansion Bill, authored by Assemblymember John A. Pérez, will expand funding for LGBT domestic violence programs in California.
    Through partnerships with terrific legislators, smart and strategic lobbying, grassroots support including the largest LGBT lobby day in state history, over 100,000 emails and petitions signed, more than 10,000 phone calls from our phone banks, and visits to the members in their districts, we made history together.






    http://www.eqca.org/site/pp.asp?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4026385&&auid=5447192

  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 12, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    looks like a republican has done more for gay men than Obama-no shock icon_idea.gifhere. Obama said what each group wanted to hear to get ellected. Dems and Repubs both do it!!
  • Webster666

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    Oct 13, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    Then, that pompous ass Willy Brown was wrong.
    He claimed that the governor would be reluctant to sign the Harvey Milk Day legislation after the Republican governor got a pretty nasty reception from the crowd when he made a surprise appearance at a Democratic fund raising event in San Francisco.
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    Oct 13, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    step by step things are getting better......
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    Oct 13, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    It was safe for Arnie to do it since this is his last term. Good for him. It is good to have a state "gay" holiday, too bad most people probably won't get it off paid icon_sad.gif But it is a good follow-up to the posthumous Medal of freedom that Obama already gave Harvey Milk.
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    Oct 13, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    Governor Schwarzenegger needs to put CALIFORNIANS back to work, and help da president outicon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 13, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    wow! what great news icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 13, 2009 4:38 AM GMT


    This is great, but now, because we don't know your system, we're wondering if this can be shot down with some strange ability to publicly vote on it, like that whole prop 8 nightmare.

    Please tell us they can't, so we can sleep tonight, lol!
  • Anto

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    Oct 13, 2009 9:04 AM GMT
    Is any of that really substantial though?

    Arnold twice veto'd the legislature passing gay marriage, once in 2005 and again in 2007. Seems like he's just trying to appease people a bit on his way out.
  • Anto

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    Oct 13, 2009 9:05 AM GMT
    They should make domestic partnerships open to straight couples as well. I think it's only allowed for gay couples. Isn't that being discriminatory? Why can't straight people be in a domestic partnership? I think making domestic partnerships open to straight couples would help the gay marriage cause a lot.

    There is a special case where opposite sex couples can be in a domestic partnership:
    (B) One or both of the persons meet the eligibility criteria under
    Title II of the Social Security Act as defined in 42 U.S.C. Section
    402(a) for old-age insurance benefits or Title XVI of the Social
    Security Act as defined in 42 U.S.C. Section 1381 for aged
    individuals. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section,
    persons of opposite sexes may not constitute a domestic partnership
    unless one or both of the persons are over the age of 62.
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    Oct 13, 2009 10:14 AM GMT
    @MIL - The California initiative and referendum laws allow the public to put anything to a referendum. Usually the far right waits until a national election, as they did with proposition 8. They timed that deliberately to take advantage of the fact that so much attention was focused on the Presidential election.

    The same thing happened in Colorado when Clinton was elected in 1992.


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    Seems to may that the Governator is going through a substantial rethink. I wouldn't be surprised if he continues to moderate his opinions.

    I used to live in Venice California on Rose Ave. right around the corner from Golds. Arnold was a regular at the local cafe where everyone from the two big local gyms would hang. This place was called the Firehouse (I don't know if it is still there).

    His personality was obvious whenever you would see him and there is no way that this man is homophobic. That does not excuse anything he has done or hasn't done. Like a lot of Republicans, he did whatever is necessary to win.

    Whatever the motivation this is very good news. Especially the recognition of out-of-state marriages acknowledges the Full Faith and Credit clause of the US Constitution when the federal government is unwilling to do so. It is all great news.
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    Oct 13, 2009 10:29 AM GMT
    [quote]. Like a lot of Republicans, he did whatever is necessary to win.

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    I think you mean like a lot of POLITICIANS. Democrats are just as guilty as saying what they think will get them votes yet doing something different when they get into office. Just look at Obama.

    But yes, this is a great thing he did and hopefully a step toward full marriage rights across the country.
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    Oct 13, 2009 11:52 AM GMT
    Schwarzenneger deserves credit for this - - - and for doing it in the face of some strong opposition in both parties. He is certainly not homophobic, as Terry said above - and is not motivated by politics - since he is not running for governor again - and cannot run for president.

    I've heard a phrase, "As California goes - so goes the nation." It would be great if this were true, in this case at least.

    Now, if Obama would just get off his ass and make good on just a few of his campaign promises. "Change we can believe in!" Yes - you tell us, Obama. Tell us all about it. Remember the line, "Thanks for the votes, suckers!" Interesting how many (I mean truly how MANY) of Obama's supporters feel that way.
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    Oct 13, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    I don't want his table scraps!
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    Oct 13, 2009 12:59 PM GMT

    Thanks Terry, though we're still unhappy. We think Arnold has done a great thing (3 !) but we're unhappy because it seems no matter how far ahead gay rights get, nothing is secure and always shaky, as these rights can disappear in the blink of a referendum.

    How can that be? How does one feel secure?

    Our rights up here can never be taken away. It helps a guy sleep well at night.


    OK we worry too much about all you guys, but that's just the way we are.

    Overprotective, aren't we? lol
  • metta

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    Oct 15, 2009 6:34 PM GMT



    What Harvey Milk Day In California Means

    http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/13536/what-harvey-milk-day-in-california-means