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Video: Your guide to NOM in 12 minutes

By Adam Bink

Since Jeremy might be too modest to post this himself, here’s the person I consider to be our community’s foremost expert speaking on all things NOM, and how he came to follow them, is worth your 12 minutes:

Three cheers for Jeremy, and Kevin at HRC, for helping expose NOM and keep them on the defense.

24 Comments March 24, 2011

Colorado Senate passes legislation legalizing civil unions

By Adam Bink

Great news out of the Rocky Mountain State today:

The legislation moves to the House, where I’m told by sources in the state that it will be a tougher fight. Next week, Courage Campaign will be asking its members to contact their legislators.

If you’re in a committed, same-sex relationship in Colorado, or know a couple who is, please drop me a line at We’d like to work with you!

33 Comments March 24, 2011

Judge Walker speaks out for televised courtroom proceedings

By Adam Bink

Jeremy has the full C-SPAN clip of him speaking on February 18th at an Arizona State forum. The discussion of Prop 8 and cameras begins around the 30:50 minute mark. If you want to see and hear two clips (Olson and Boies cross-examination, including the famous Kenneth Miller clip) you should head over to see the video (new updates coming soon will allow us to post it here!). If you want the summary of what Judge Walker said, I pulled out two clips:

“If anything, I think a broadcast of a trial would be even more compelling than a broadcast of an appellate proceeding.”

He then went on to mention reenactments such as those the Courage Campaign did, and showed a clip of the wonderful Prop 8 Musical. He concluded by saying:

“Well, what would you rather have people learn how the courts function? Would you rather have them listen to the Prop 8 Musical, a reenactment, or the real thing?… I submit to you that the real thing is far better, far more informative, far better for the public, and far breter for teaching people how things work than the kind of reenactments in the Prop 8 case, the Judge Judy world… the real thing is always much better.”

It makes this nostalgia.

20 Comments March 24, 2011

Rep. Patrick Murphy and his request

By Adam Bink

As I wrote yesterday, we just finished up a great period of fundraising to maintain the site here at 158 of you chipped in to keep us going.

There is an even deeper, more sustaining need: which is becoming a monthly donor. For the cost of a few cups of coffee per month, you can give us a regular  source of funding so that we start out each month saying “here’s what we have to work with. What can we do?” and know that we can film a video, or run a training, or organize a rally, without worrying about whether we can pay for it.

What’s in it for you? First, it helps result in less urgent needs to raise money. Second, we can have a regular source of money to work on Prop 8, DOMA, and certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Third, you’ll get even more regular updates on what we’re doing, how we’re spending your money, and where we’re going.

We worked together here at P8TT with Rep. Patrick Murphy before to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. We asked him to come on a nationwide conference call with you and Courage Campaign members and he did it because he believed in the work we were doing on the outside, in concert with what he was doing on the inside. Let’s do it again on Prop 8, DOMA, and certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.

Please become a monthly contributor today.

24 Comments March 24, 2011

What can we do about Prop 8 now?

By Adam Bink

As I wrote earlier today, the 9th Circuit decided to not lift the stay on Judge Walker’s ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional.

In times like this, it can sometimes feel like things are a bit out of our hands; that the courts will move on their own time, and even when they do, the lawyers are the ones in the ballgame and the rest of us are just watching. I’ll be honest with you — I started out that way when the trial started in January 2010, observing, but thinking that it’s all in this shell I can’t touch.

At Courage Campaign, its our central organizing mantra on this issue to find ways to make sure that’s not the case. Through stories like that of Ed and Derence and the 430 other stories many of you submitted; through talking to our friends, family members and colleagues; and many other ways. Ed and Derence’s story was featured in The Washington Post and many, many other sites. Maybe Justice Kennedy saw it. That might have moved him.

Today felt like one of those days where it may feel like we’re just sitting until September, when the CA Supreme Court decides to consider the standing issue. But we’re not.

Below is an e-mail we just deployed to our members explaining what they, and you, can do right now. You can click here to contribute (tax deductibly) $9, one dollar for each month it will take until the CA Supreme Court is expected to rule. You can join our campaign to repeal DOMA, so that the CA couples who are married, and others in other states, can have full federal rights. And you can submit your story and photo of why you can’t wait- whether you’re straight or LGBT.

Whether you take one action or all of them, know that our work cannot, does not, stop until September. We want to move things to a place so that when the courts come back later this year, they’ll see what we see: that all are created equal.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign
Date: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM
Subject: The 9th Circuit just ruled on Prop 8. What can you do?
To: Adam Bink

Courage Campaign
Dear Adam, 

Let me be blunt. The 9th Circuit just decided to NOT lift the stay on Judge Walker’s ruling that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. That’s a death sentence for at least some couples. The poignant video testimony of two Courage members, Ed and Derence of Palm Springs, a couple that has been together for 40 years, demonstrates that lives are in the balance. Ed suffers from advancing Alzheimer’s. The California Supreme Court and now the 9th Circuit have decided to make Ed and Derence wait at least 9 more months before they might enjoy the fundamental right to marry. By then, it might not matter anymore.

Together, we have to work to assure there won’t be more Ed and Derences. So here are 3 things you can do right now:

1.     You can click here to contribute $9 – one dollar for each month it’s expected to take until the CA Supreme Court rules on the “standing” issue. We’ll use your tax-deductible contribution to make sure no more courts ignore couples like Ed and Derence through advertising, events, and on-the-ground organizing.

2.     You can click here to join the 48,958 people who signed up for our campaign with Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Nadler to repeal DOMA, so that for couples who are married in California, and can marry elsewhere, they can get the 1,100+ federal rights they deserve, no matter where they live.

3.     You can click here to tell the 9th Circuit: You Can’t Stay Our Love. Take a photo of you and your loved one holding a homemade sign that says “Can’t Stay Our Love”. Then, if you’re straight, tell us your story of how you’d feel if you had to sit in a waiting room to get married with no end in sight. If you’re LGBT, tell us why you can’t wait. Ed and Derence sent in their story the last time we asked, and it went viral on The Washington Post, The Advocate, and dozens of blogs. Yours could be the next.

Courage will increase public awareness so that future rulings do not confuse dry, legal prose with life itself. We will never stop fighting. Please keep fighting with us by taking one, or all, of the actions above.

Standing with you,

Rick Jacobs

Chair and Founder, Courage Campaign

34 Comments March 23, 2011

BREAKING: 9th Circuit denies motion to lift stay on Judge Walker’s Prop 8 ruling

By Adam Bink

Just came in: the 9th Circuit refused to accept the Plaintiffs’ motion to vacate the stay pending appeal.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Notice of Docket Activity

The following transaction was entered on 03/23/2011 at 10:58:31 AM PDT and filed on 03/23/2011

Case Name: Kristin Perry, et al v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., et al
Case Number: 10-16696
Document(s): Document(s)

Docket Text:
Filed order (STEPHEN R. REINHARDT, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and N. RANDY SMITH) Having considered all of the factors set forth in Nken v. Holder, 129 S. Ct. 1749, 1756 (2009), and all of the facts and circumstances surrounding Plaintiffs’ motion to vacate the stay pending appeal, as well as the standard for vacatur set forth in Southeast Alaska Conservation Council v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 472 F.3d 1097, 1101 (9th Cir. 2006), we deny Plaintiffs’ motion at this time. [7691622] (KKW)

The following document(s) are associated with this transaction:
Document Description: Main Document
Original Filename: 10-16696 Order Denying Motion to Vacate Stay CIRC.pdf
Electronic Document Stamp:
[STAMP acecfStamp_ID=1106763461 [Date=03/23/2011] [FileNumber=7691622-0] [064e3099192dcfe6ea0f150ecee9ad74b262ea9d25e3b1907aedec1e1a2ecc965077db6207d8fe04be2b79ca0b2b4c4f072a8701a888cab3b2ebdb9d16f25775]]

The filing can be found here.

The 9th Circuit decided that six months, likely more, to force couples to wait while the California Supreme Court drags its feet over summer recess, is acceptable. Including couples like Ed and Derence:

Even though there has been no harm caused to the state since 18,000+ couples married in 2008. Despite the benefit to businesses small and large. Despite the need for same-sex couples to be as equal as anyone else. Appalling.

More as it comes.

142 Comments March 23, 2011

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