High court asked
to hear Prop 8 case
compiled by Cynthia Laird
Proponents of California's Proposition 8 have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the landmark federal appeals court ruling in Perry v. Brown, which found the state's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional.
Earlier this year the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal ruled 2-1 that Prop 8 was discriminatory. The case is now formally known as Hollingsworth v. Perry.
The move by Prop 8 proponents, announced Tuesday, July 31, was not unexpected and attorneys for the plaintiffs said they would oppose the petition.
"However, we recognize that this case presents constitutional issues of national significance, and are ready to defend our victories before the Supreme Court," plaintiffs' counsel Theodore Boutrous Jr. said in a statement from the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the federal lawsuit challenging Prop 8.
"The Supreme Court has long held that the freedom to marry is one of the most fundamental rights – if not the most fundamental right – of all Americans," plaintiffs' lead co-counsel David Boies said in the statement. "As we have said from the very beginning of this case, the denial of that fundamental right seriously harms gay and lesbian Americans and the children they are raising. Today's petition presents the justices with the chance to reaffirm our Constitution's central premise of liberty, equality, and human dignity."
It is not known if the justices will agree to hear the case. The 9th Circuit's decision was more narrowly written than trial court Judge Vaughn Walker's sweeping ruling against Prop 8 two years ago.
It takes four justices to agree to hear a case. If the court declines to hear the case, it would clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.
"We are hopeful and confident that the Supreme Court will grant review and ultimately uphold its precedent and the will of the people." Protectmarriage.com, which ran the Yes on 8 campaign, said via Twitter after its filed its petition.
In another marriage-related case Tuesday, a federal trial court judge in Connecticut ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. That case, Pederson v. Office of Personnel Management , involves married same-sex couples who are represented by Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. It is one of several cases challenging DOMA that are working their way through the courts.
As with previous cases, Judge Vanessa Bryant ruled that Section 3 of DOMA has no rational basis.
Trans picinc is Sunday
The annual Transgender Community Picnic will be held Sunday, August 5 at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. People should bring food and drinks to share.
Sponsored by the Transgender Law Center, the picnic is a fun day of community in the park for transgender people and their friends. TLC will provide frozen treats and entertainment.
For more information, see the event's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/152970168160316/.
Ms. Heart-Throb contest Saturday
The Castro Lions Club will present its Ms. Heart-Throb contest Saturday, August 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Toad Hall, 4146 18th Street (at Collingwood) in San Francisco. Castro Lions President Troy Brunet invites people to join in the party; there will be Jell-O shots and raffles.
SFPD safety meeting tonight
In light of recent muggings and other crimes in the Duboce Park, Castro, and Mission neighborhoods, the Harvey Milk Photo Center will hold its first community safety awareness meeting tonight (Thursday, August 2) from 6 to 7 p.m. at the center, 50 Scott Street. Park Station Captain Greg Corrales and Lieutenant Alexa O'Brien are expected to discuss tips on protecting yourself and will answer questions.
SFPD LGBT forum meeting
The San Francisco Police Department's LGBT Forum will hold its meeting Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Park Station community room, 1899 Waller Street. Members of the public and police officers are welcome to attend.
The Chief's LGBT Community Advisory Forum, as it is formally known, is a volunteer group comprised of community leaders, organizers, and others who provide a liaison between the LGBT community and Police Chief Greg Suhr. The forum meets monthly at different police stations in the city. The forum has a public comment period where people may address concerns, ideas, and suggestions for consideration by forum members.
Alzheimer's care training offered
Home Instead Senior Care is facilitating Alzheimer's care training workshops that will help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that are often associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
The trainings will take place August 7 and 21; September 4 and 18; and October 2. People can go to as many as they'd like, there is no cost to attend. All of the workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore Street in San Francisco.
During the workshops, program experts will teach caregivers how to manage behaviors, encourage engagement, and care for themselves while caring for their loved ones.
To reserve a spot, contact Jill Melvin at Home Instead Senior Care at (415) 441-6490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.