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P8TT housekeeping, August 28-29

Community/Meta Prop 8 trial

By Adam Bink

A few notes:

1. You may notice a “splash page” later today when you log on asking you if you’d like to sign up for updates and action alerts. We get a lot of folks who come here for information and later e-mail asking how to help, and with tomorrow’s big hearing and more folks learning about the trial, now is a good time to grow the number of people who can help fuel the push to get the tapes released, win the trial and bring about marriage equality in more states. We go back to recalling that it was hundreds of thousands of people who wanted the trial televised in the first place, a fact mentioned by Judge Walker and in the Supreme Court dissent in that case, as well. Nearly 375,000 people signed the petition to the CA Supreme Court asking the court to keep the 18,000 marriages before Prop 8 as valid (which it did), and/or watched the “Fidelity” video we produced. So all of us matter when we get active and get involved!

If you haven’t signed up for updates and action alerts from Courage Campaign on Prop 8 and the Prop 8 trial, please do so. After you  submit it’ll bring you right back here. If you have or don’t wish to, it’s just a click away to continue to the blog and you won’t see the splash page again the next time you log on. Thanks!

2. For tomorrow’s hearing beginning at 9 PST, as with the June 13th hearing, Rick and Ana will be live-blogging on location at the courthouse for the hearing on whether to release the tapes from the trial. I know Sheryl, Ann S., Kathleen and a lot of other P8TTers will be there as well (woo!). I’ll be at home running the blog shop and throwing in other tidbits of coverage. If you’re going to the hearing and there’s something worth noting (protesters, rallies, interesting attendees, etc.) send it to prop8trial at couragecampaign dot org and I’ll get it up here on the front page if it’s interesting. Or, if you’re following along at home and spot, say, an editorial or fact, send it on in. Together, we’ll provide the best coverage on the web!

3. If you can’t be at your computer or just like to follow along on Twitter, Ana and I will be live-tweeting from @equalityontrial and @couragecampaign. Follow those two handles for main updates. Rick will be tweeting here and there from @rickjacobs and I’ll be chiming in here and there via @adamjbink.

This is an open thread for tomorrow’s hearing. See you on the flip side!


  • 1. Ann S.  |  August 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm


  • 2. Chris in Lathrop  |  August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Wish I could be there. :*( I'll be there in spirit, at least!

  • 3. Zander1986  |  August 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Man, I know that everything comes in due time. I just wish marriage equality would hurry up and come through. As of right now I'm sitting here with my partner in a hospital. He was cutting a branch up in a tree when the branch (which was the size of most trees) came back and hit him, twice. He wasn't unconsciousness at all, so I rushed him to the local ER. We get in and they actually let me back with him. While they were preparing to life-flight him, they were wanting me to sign some papers, only until they found out that we weren't "legally" family. The lady was quite rude about it and went off to do something. Another lady came in and asked the same question. John yelled that I was the only family he had… she let me sign his name to paperwork and he was off.

    Thank god he only has 4 broken ribs and a bunch of bruises. He looks like he's had a motorcycle wreck… Originally I had planned on staying with him in his room, but since I'm not family, I have to leave his room during the night. I do get the opportunity to come in every once in a while to check on him and one of the nurses showed me a waiting room I can sleep in.

    It just makes me mad that I can't do things for him… even sign a freaking paper…
    He's the man I'd marry if I only could…

    I don't mean to be a debby-downer, but I just wish we all had the same rights.

  • 4. jpmassar  |  August 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    My understanding is

    but since I'm not family, I have to leave his room during the night.

    that is is now a violation of Federal regulations, at least if the hospital accepts Medicare funds (which almost all do). The person who is ill has the right to decide who may visit and who may not, and the hospital must accede to that person's wishes.

    See, for instance this article.

    Seems to me the hospital is in violation of these regulations of they allow "family" to stay overnight but others not to if the sick person requests such.

  • 5. jpmassar  |  August 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Here's another reference, via Lambda Legal. You might want to try to talk to someone there about this.

  • 6. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Big hugs Zander (and gentle ones for your husband too)
    Keep us posted on how he and you are doing… know how we worry 🙂

  • 7. Zander1986  |  August 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Big thanks all. He was moved into a room that has a roommate, and so they told us not even family is allowed to sleep in there due to there being another person in there. It's all good. I appreciate the warm thoughts, links and hugs. Makes me feel good.

    He's doing alright, still loads of pain. It's been a long past couple of days. They determine tomorrow if he needs surgery or not. If not, he comes home! If he does he's here until next weekend.

  • 8. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the update buddy 🙂 Very glad to hear/read he's possibly coming home.
    Will keep my fingers and toes crossed that no surgery is needed.

  • 9. dwpiper  |  August 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    May the pain fade swiftly and the healing take place even more swiftly – and may surgery be unnecessary.

  • 10. Zander1986  |  August 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

    He comes home tomorrow! Still in a lot of pain, but walking around a good bit. Thanks again all.

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