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Max the Communist

Max the Communist
Chicago, Illinois, USA
January 17
"Her beauty served a mob of terror whose one mission is to destroy." Yeah, that's me alright. I am a writer, actor, activist. That means I've worked in the hospitality and retail industries. Before you ask for fries with that, prepare yourself for political, economic, social, and sexual liberation. Not a total commie. I just marvel at the inflammatory red-baiting language--so much like queer-baiting, it's scaaary. I will be your downfall yet, America. Until then, I go for universal healthcare and making friends with anarchists, hippies, fellow-travelers, philosophers, actors, and other troublemakers. And, of course, da queers. So I'm pinko. Does that make me more Canadian than anything else? How queer are they in Canukistan? And can they put me up for the night--you know, just in case? In other words, just your typical OS blogger.

AUGUST 4, 2010 5:17PM

News Flash! Prop 8 Unconstitutional

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prop 8 at sf courthouse 

This just in my email from Equality Illinois:

Just moments ago, federal district court declared Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional!


In January 2010, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies went to trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal case challenging Proposition 8-California's discriminatory ballot measure that took away same-sex couples' right to marry in the state. The suit was filed on behalf of same-sex couples, who were denied marriage licenses, on the grounds that Proposition 8 violated the equal protection principles and the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.


Today, for the first time, a federal court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution. Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that California's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

 we are americans too

While the decision of the federal district court overturns Proposition 8, it is probably not the final word on the matter.  The decision is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then to the U.S. Supreme Court.  This exciting development brings us one step closer to full LGBT equality, but the final outcome in the matter may still be years away and same-sex couples in every corner of the country are still being denied federal recognition of their relationships.



 two women hugging 


two guys kissing


The struggle is not over, but tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999!

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it's a great step in the right direction. i'm hoping full equality is realized soon.
@lemonpulp--we await the response from the right. I'm expecting backlash on all kinds of levels as this thing goes to the Supreme Court. Frankly, I think the smarter conservative strategy would be to leave California alone as much as possible now--let the rest of the states struggle to establish marriage in their own states and just pour right wing $$ into right wing campaigns per state. But something tells me the right in California will not be able to resist taking Prop 8 to the next level.

Thanks, lemonpulp, I too want it all--ENDA, repeal DADT, marriage equality, the works. Forward! Forward! Forward!!!!!
so happy about this!!!! I watched closing arguments at the sf courthouse and felt sure it would go this way. and so glad to see it has.

yes, I think california is very impatient to be rid of this thing.....
@doloresflores_d--shut up! You were there for the closing arguments? History in the making, delores. You can tell everyone you were there.
max, thank-you, that's what I thought. I was in an overflow room where I could only see it on a screen (! they said only 13 ordinary people made it into the courtroom and someone showed up at 4:30 a.m. outside the courtroom only to be #16!!)... but we did wander downstairs afterwards to see the beautiful and courageous litigants in the flesh.

the attorneys were saying that they're going to have re-enactments of that trial (since they weren't allowed to air it). If so they would be amazing to watch. I've never seen so many passionately engaged, brilliant people arguing articulately for what they believe in--in one room.

it was an honor and an amazing experience....


I wrote @ it here but don't pretend to have done the whole experience justice...there's also a link to my friend wendi who watched many days of the trial and her blogs are hilarious and strong on the subject,

and wendi's blog starts here
The fight isn't over, by a long shot, but we've won this battle. Yes, it's worthy of celebration!
@doloresflores_d--you must write about your eyewitness account, the crowd in the overflow room as well as the proceedings on the screen, the moment the judge gave his decision.

History! History! Thanks so much for the links! Will check them out!
@Eva--just take your victories as they come, Eva. I know we will win the war, not just the battles.
What exactly do you want out of mairage chldren? then I am saying no anything else you are entitled to and I would defend that with my life just as vigorously as I would oppose your right to adopt children!
Jack Heart--you are execrable; your sentiments are vile; you haven't the moral high ground or the authority or the right. Take your inhumanity somewhere else.
I was in my car when they broke in on NPR to announce, and I started crying with relief. It brings all of those feelings of oppression to the surface and then disperses them. I'm so grateful to those who fought the good fight.
@Yawp--I was so psyched to read the instant email from Equality Illinois. Yep. One of those "I remember where I was when . . . " moments.

The gloss has worn off a bit today--mostly because I just read a ridiculous defense of Prop 8 in the Wall Street Journal today. I guess I should consider the source. In any case, slowly, Yawp, I have been steeling myself against future disappointment. The Supreme Court is such a long way away and the road is a long and bumpy one.
I just don't get's a fight that shouldn't even be taking place. But since it is, score one for justice.