Friday, November 14, 2008

Repeal Of Prop8: Events and Activities

Mr. FGD and I will be attending one or two of these....let me know if you want to join!

Friday, Nov 14, 12pm: Santa Ana, EMERGENCY Protest Rally - in front of the Doubletree Hotel. The Mormons are holding an urgent Prop 8 Press Conference in the main ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana, at 201 E. Macarthur Blvd. We MUST be there in front of the hotel to greet them peacefully and get our own press coverage. They are asking their "Yes on Prop 8" supporters to bring some of their "Yes on Prop 8" signs (handwritten or not) and want to have 250 people in attendance.

Nov 14, 6pm: San Bernardino, Protest Rally - in front of the Holy Rosary Cathedral, N., Arrowhead Avenue & W 25th Street, Inland Empire GLBT Catholics, Christians and all opponents of Prop 8, join us for a peaceful candlelight vigil and protest towards the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino and Her Pastoral Leadership! Bring protest banners and a candle for the vigil! And bring questions which need answered by our church! Contact Eddie: WeingartDude@gmail

National Day of Protest Details at:
Saturday, Nov 15, 10:30am: Costa Mesa, South Coast Plaza, Bear St & South Coast Drive.
Show up at 10:30AM or as close as possible; otherwise it’s demotivating if people trickle in! Chelsea and Tara (the organizers) will be there until sunset, so please stay if you can! Bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. ‘Twill be hot. Bring posters. It’s all about love and getting to know our neighbors as loving families! &

Nov 15, 10:30am: Irvine, Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza (Alton & Harvard) Contact: or 949-870-7701

Nov 15, 10:30am: Riverside, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street

Nov 15, 10:30am: Long Beach, Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. Contact:;

Nov 15, 1 pm: Irvine, Meeting of new group dedicated to overturning Proposition 8 through public awareness and activism, the Orange County Equality Coalition-OCEC, at Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Pkwy, Irvine. All welcome., 714-225-4656.

Sunday, Nov 16, 10am: Newport Beach. Peaceful Protest at The Mormon Temple and Chapel, 2300 Bonita Canyon Dr., at the corner of Bonita Canyon and Prairie Rd., in Newport Beach. Located just West of the 73 toll road; exit Bonita Canyon Dr.; or turn East onto Bonita Canyon Dr. from MacArthur Blvd. The Mormon Church led the support of Proposition 8. We must expose those whose agenda is to limit the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry by incorporating their religious beliefs into the California Constitution. This demonstration will show its members we intend to continue this fight for equality until it is won; and our Constitution provides equal protection of fundamental rights to all Californians

PARKING: ARRIVE EARLY and park in the Bonita Canyon Sports Park, which is off Prairie Rd., just opposite St. Matthew’s Catholic Church and across the street from the Mormon Temple. Drive past the ball park to the parking lot on the right. There's also limited street parking. The parking directions are: From Bonita Cyn Dr.; turn onto Prairie Rd.; turn right onto Ford; go two blocks past the ball fields; turn right into Bonita Cyn Sports Facility Parking Lot.

DO NOT to park at the shopping center at San Miguel and Ford

BRING: Signs & banners expressing your support for Marriage Equality and Civil Rights, and your outrage at the Yes on 8 Campaign tactics supported by the Mormon Church. Bring American, rainbow and California flags, water, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat. Dress for a hot, sunny day.
For info, call: 949-683-2715

From Craig’s List: Progressive Mormons and graduates of Brigham Young University will join our gay, lesbian and transgendered family and friends at this demonstration. We want to show our profound sadness that the church has turned its back on its gay brothers and sisters. We also want to pray for our Heavenly Father's divine love in delivering equality and human rights for all.

Madelynn brilliantly suggests singing the following well-known Christian children’s song she modified slightly (the tune is that of Tramp, Tramp, Tramp):

Jesus loves the little children.
All the children of the world.
Gay and straight, Black and white, [orig.-Red and yellow, black and white]
All are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Extracted from today’s LA Times (11/13): Brown to respond to Proposition 8 lawsuits
The California Supreme Court asked Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to respond to three lawsuits seeking to overturn Proposition 8…The state high court, meeting in closed session, gave Brown's office until noon Monday to present preliminary arguments on why the ballot measure should survive the legal challenges. --Maura Dolan

From EQCA (Equality California)
EQCA, represented by NCLR, ACLU, Lambda Legal, Munger, Tolles, & Olson and the Law Office of David C. Codell, has filed a petition to invalidate Prop 8 – the fundamental rights of same-sex couples cannot be eliminated through the amendment process.
EQCA is supporting peaceful rallies and protests to ensure we keep this injustice front and center. Find out how you can join us at
EQCA will work to expand our coalition and create the tools so that each of us can reach out and educate those who were not with us last week
EQCA will work as part of a coalition to gather the more than one million signatures needed to overturn Prop 8 at the ballot box.

SUGGESTION: Mount a rainbow flag on a flagpole outside your house to indicate your support for equal rights for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Suggested by James Nowick

You can order your rainbow flag online (
Use coupon code savemoney at checkout; you may get 10% discount

Why We Are Marching (quotes from the CA Supreme Court ruling):

1) “…right to marry is a right that past cases establish as one of the fundamental constitutional rights embodied in the California Constitution.”

2) “…legal rights and attributes traditionally associated with marriage that are so integral to an individual’s liberty and personal autonomy that they may not be eliminated or abrogated by the Legislature or by the electorate.”

3) “…reserving the historic designation of “marriage” exclusively for opposite-sex couples poses at least a serious risk of denying the family relationship of same-sex couples such equal dignity and respect.”

—Supreme Court, The State of California

4 Comments, shout outs, and other gold diggin' love:

WeezerMonkey said...

Thumbs up!

I hope everyone remembers to be respectful, especially in front of the churches. Even if they are spreading hate, we can rise above it!

Claire said...

I wish I could have made it to one of these... Thanks for posting all the info. Also, Kimi clicked through my blog to yours and said your and Justin's passion and dedication made her teary. In a good way...

wan-nabe said...

your dedication is truly amazing.

amber said...

ditto wan.

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