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Prop 8 at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The drama continues. A few days after issuing his decision overturning Proposition 8, Judge Walker proclaimed that gay marriages would recommence in California unless his decision was stayed by a higher court. Thankfully, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has intervened. They said that Judge Walker’s decision is suspended until at least December, when they will hear an appeal from our side.

Some now question if the case will make it all the way to the United States Supreme Court due to the question of standing. Because the lawsuit was originally filed against the Governor and Attorney General, the argument goes that only they have the right to appeal the decision. It seems kind of stupid that the Protect Marriage coalition was allowed to defend Prop 8, but now may not have the authority to appeal the case. Anyways, that’s one of the issues the 9th circuit has to work out.

If this makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court, legal scholars are estimating that it won’t be until mid-2012 at the earliest.

Keep praying!

NEA Supports Same Sex Marriage

One News Now is reporting that yesterday, the National Education Association passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage at its annual convention. Isn’t it beautiful, to once again see my union dues being used to support something I’m morally opposed to? Got to love those liberal union leaders.

For a good discussion between educators about the wisdom of the NEA supporting non-curricular issues, go here.

Update on the Battle to Preserve Marriage

United Families International gives a good summary of the marriage battles being fought in New England, Washington D.C., New York, and California. Go here for more details.

For an update specifically on Prop 8, see this recent article from theatlantic.com As you probably heard, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 back in May. But now, an appeal to the federal courts has been filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights. The fight continues. . .

California Supreme Court to Announce Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday

At last, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The California Supreme Court announced that it will “issue an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009.”

If the court upholds Prop 8, please don’t egg my house.

Here’s the link where the ruling will be posted.

For more info and commentary, see:
Pearl Diver’s Thoughts
What Tuesday’s Ruling Will and Won’t Mean
LA Times article
San Francisco Chronicle article

Field Trip to a Bisexual Marriage?

Bisexual Teacher Invites Class to Commitment Ceremony

Read this post from the New York Times about Chance Nalley, a bisexual teacher at Columbia Secondary School in New York. After being questioned by students, he agreed to invite his seventh graders to a commitment ceremony with another man. Now, if he is truly bisexual, how committed does he plan to be? Kind of confusing for middle schoolers, wouldn’t you say?

My other frustration is that the students were only aware of Nalley’s sexual orientation because the principal encouraged this disclosure. According to the New York Times article, Columbia Secondary’s mission statement includes a commitment to diversity (more than half the students are black or Hispanic, 45 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunches). With his principal’s support, Mr. Nalley, who started at the school when it opened in 2007, felt comfortable coming out to students during a diversity workshop that fall.

I’m sorry, but I don’t consider it diversity awareness to teach students that bisexuality is normal.

Read the complete New York Times article here and a summary from One News Now here.