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TV: Courage Campaign member Shane Mayer talks about the human consequences of the California Supreme Court taking its time

Prop 8 trial

By Adam Bink

You may remember that two Wednesdays ago, Shane Mayer penned an e-mail to Courage Campaign members asking you to share stories of same-sex couples who want to get married.

As I wrote this past Wednesday, over 430 stories poured in.

On Wednesday night, Shane and the story of him, his fiance John, and their family hardship they’re enduring while the California Supreme Court takes 6 months+ to drag its feet on the Perry case led off the 5 PM news hour on ABC 7 in San Francisco. You see, Shane’s father was diagnosed with cancer late last year and had to go to Houston for treatment. Their story of what happens while weeks turn into months is real.

As long as the California Supreme Court takes this long, families will break. Ed, one half of a gay couple in Riverside, has early Alzheimer’s disease. By the time this is resolved, he may not even be able to recognize his partner. Fathers may not make it to their son’s wedding days. An elderly lesbian fiancee may not be able to get out of the hospital bed.

Shane did a great job. We are carrying out what Shane said we would do in this e-mail- we are going to push these stories out into the media and in front of the Court’s justices so they see us out here, suffering while they drag their feet. We are going to be rolling out more of these stories, in video and text, over the next several days.

The ABC 7 video and full story can be found here. Please watch. And please and Like and Share the story on Facebook here.

And if you support the work we’re doing to push these stories in front of the Court and the public, please contribute here. We would like to do some travel to these couples in California to get stories like Shane’s and Ed’s- and worse, if you can believe it- on video and ultimately TV, and your contribution would help cover those limited expenses.


  • 1. Lar  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Sub Please

  • 2. Straight for Equalit  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

  • 3. JonT  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

  • 4. up&Adam  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Always watching

  • 5. Kathleen  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

  • 6. Dave in ME  |  February 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Me too….!

  • 7. Ronnie  |  February 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Me three….<3…Ronnie

  • 8. Leslie W  |  February 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Here is a great article from SCOTUSblog about several issues moving through the courts on DOMA.

  • 9. Bob Barnes  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

    sweet, thanks!

  • 10. Kathleen  |  February 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    UPDATE: LCR v. USA (DADT case)

    Government's Opening Brief in 9th Circuit Appeal

    Hot off the presses, haven't even read it yet myself

  • 11. up&Adam  |  February 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Been waiting all day for that one, Kathleen. Many thanks!

  • 12. bJason  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Just from the Contents pages it looks like their same argument as before. Back to reading…

  • 13. Steve  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Most of revolves around the lack of standing and injury

    "There is no allegation, however, that Doe is or ever has been subject to discharge proceedings under § 654. To bring a preenforcement challenge to a federal statute, Doe would have to show that he had a concrete plan to violate § 654; that he has been threatened with some kind potential enforcement proceedings; or otherwise that he is likely to be subject to discharge proceedings under the statute"

    This is absurd to the n-th degree and completely misses the entire point about the violation of free speech and due process rights. He is constantly under threat of discharge if he says or does something that would reveal his sexual orientation. That is "likely" enough.

  • 14. Bob Barnes  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:48 am


  • 15. Sagesse  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

    430 stories… that is an amazing accomplishment, CC.

  • 16. adambink  |  February 26, 2011 at 6:04 am

    We think so too. We'll be sharing many of them over the days and weeks to come.

  • 17. Rhie  |  February 25, 2011 at 9:49 am


  • 18. Bob Barnes  |  February 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Karen Grube sighting on the WaPo, if anyone wants to have fun, and I know you do.

  • 19. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    And we will do a video and mail you the DVD if that will help save you the travel expenses. I see this going nationwide, just like the lawsuits over other Prop H8-style referenda, and people need to see all of the stories!

  • 20. Tomorrow’s NYTimes &hellip  |  March 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    […] myself. Our arguments are resonating. Our stories of discrimination- like Courage Campaign members Shane and John‘s on ABC News, and Ed and Derence‘s in The Washington Post, The Advocate, and many […]

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