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ACLU to hold anti-Prop. 8 rally in Walnut Creek

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 3:02 pm in 2008 November election, ballot measures.

The ACLU of Northern California is sponsoring an anti-Proposition 8 rally in Walnut Creek on Wednesday featuring local leaders including outgoing state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata.

Prop. 8 would specify in the California Constitution that marriage is between one man and one woman and reverse a recent court decision that declared same-sex marriages legal. Voters on both sides of the ballot measure are coming out in force as the Nov. 4 election draws closer.

Read more for the press release and details about the rally.

Contra Costa Leaders Urge NO on Prop 8, Rally for Equality

Local clergy, community leaders and elected officials rally for equality by opposing Proposition 8

WHAT: Local clergy, along with community leaders and elected officials will come together to express their shared opposition to Proposition 8, the initiative on the California ballot that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.  These leaders represent many diverse interests, viewpoints, and cultural histories, yet their perspectives converge when it comes to a shared belief in the need to protect right of every Californian to marry the person they love.

WHERE:  Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church (55 Eckley Lane), Walnut Creek


WHEN:   11 AM, Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WHO: Senate Pro Tempore Don Perata

State Assemblymember Loni Hancock

State Assemblymember Mark DeSaulnier

Supervisor John Gioia, Contra Costa County

Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Irma Anderson, Former Richmond Mayor

Janet Abelson, El Cerrito Councilmember

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  • Renegade GOP

    It is a shame that no active Republicans are opposing Prop 8.

  • Karen Grube

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    How typical of the ACLU to affirm gay rights over the very real needs of families and children. It would be nice to see the ACLU actually doing something good for a change like defending a medical practitioner’s right to decline to perform a procedure he finds morally objectionable, like lesbian in-vitro insemination, or a company’s right to NOT cater or photograph a gay wedding if they wish to decline on religious reasons. In other words, when will the ACLU begin affirming religious rights as part of our civil liberties instead of ALWAYS trying to suppress those religious rights.

    And in case anyone’s REALLY interested here, it’s a total fabrication to say that a No vote on Prop 8 won’t affect education. The following is an excerpt from an article in today’s Orange County Register . . . http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marriage-gay-prop-2201297-school-education?orderby=TimeStampDescending&showRecommendedOnly=0&oncommentsPage=28

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    Ocean View School District trustee John Briscoe, a supporter of Prop. 8, said the Education Code and state curriculum may not change right away if Prop. 8 fails, but having gay marriage become legal would eventually prompt challenges to reflect the law of the land, limiting the decision-making power of local school boards.

    “Local schools boards can approve their own curriculum, but they must meet under the umbrella of state standards,” Briscoe said. “To say that the state department of education’s hands will be free of this gay marriage issue is false.”

    Santa Ana Unified trustee Rosemarie Avila, another supporter of Prop. 8, also said she would oppose policies to incorporate gay marriage into the curriculum, but the state often has more than control over curriculum like sex education than local school boards.

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  • RR

    ACLU means Anti-Christian Lawyers Union