In a letter that is posted on the Gay News Blog, Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California says the result should be thrown out due to the “outrageous lies and questionable tactics by the other side, be thrown out. We know our rights cannot be taken away by a mob vote.”
I am amazed he calls it a mob vote? Is not California a democracy? Is it not the job of Equality California and others against Prop 8 to highlight the lies and the tactics used by its proponents. If it passed because of lies and tactics then it shows the incompetence of the “No on 8” Campaign. The route they are taking now, more legal action asking that the results of a legal democratic election “be thrown out” is outrageous!
I am also very questioning of the protests against the Mormon Church. So what if they supported Prop 8? Aren’t they allowed as a interest group to participate in politics? Parading signs like “Vile Mormons” is not going to get you any more supporters!
If those that were deicted to the cause actually stopped doing and started thinking they would do what is suggested over on GayPatriot and see where they went wrong. One of the writers there has also written an excellent piece on Pajamas Media on Making the Case for Gay Marriage. There is no point in blaming others when you failed as you must take some of the blame yourself.
I hope the California Courts have learned that they cannot go against the wishes of the MAJORITY of the people and through the results out.
And also maybe bad news for the Treaty of Lisbon. ConservativeHome is reporting that Stuart Wheeler has gotten the Green Light for a judicial review on the UK Governments refusal to hold a Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
This will be an interesting case if it succeeds or fails. ConservativeHome have the background to the case here
UPDATE: Thanks to a commenter on Conservativehome I have got confirmation from Stuarts Website
2 May 10:00 a.m. – I am delighted to say that in his judgement delivered at the High Court this morning Mr Justice Owen decided that permission to apply for judicial review would be granted to me. In other words the result of the hearing last week is that we won. I expect to put more information on this website shortly.
Hasnt hit the main stream media yet!
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Northern Ireland goes goes to the polls today in a very decisive election. (CNN, Breakingnews, RTÉ, BBC, France 24) The Polls are open until 10pm tonight with the counting begining tomorrow. 250 candidates are contesting 108 seats. The election is by PRSTV, so transfers are critical for the last seats in each constituency, just like down here in the south!
Trocaire is to challenge the ban on its advertising (Breakingnews). This will be an interesting challenge, first time id say a charity has been forced to pull its ads!
Commonwealth troops serving in the Britsih Armed Forces are to form their own union. (BBC) They seam to be very dissatisfied with their treatment in the army.
The Dáil has passed rushed legislation to outlaw the soliciting children for sex. (RTÉ, Breakingnews). The Bill will go through the Seanad today and then onto the President of signature.
UK MP’s will have a free vote today on house of Lord’s Reform after two days of debate (BBC). There is a range of option on the table. The choices before MPs are: all elected; 80% elected and 20% appointed; 60% elected and 40% appointed; half and half; 40% elected and 60% appointed; 20% elected and 80% appointed; all appointed. Its is expected that a mixture will be the preffered option.
bhuel sinn é!
Cork City is to get a new Central Library (Cork City Council) Wooo!
RTÉ viewers choose our song for the Eurovision last night. Its a John Waters/ Tommy Moran composition called ‘They can’t stop the Spring’.
The PD’s continue their conference today (Breakingnews, RTÉ) Among the guest speakers are Liam Doran of the Irish Nurses Organisation and Anne-mie Neyts, President of the European Liberal Democrats.
A Bosnian Court has sentenced a former Serb soldier to 34 years in jail for killing, enslaving and raping Muslim civilians during the country’s 1992-1995 war (France 24)
Proposed reforms of the Irish Criminal System are to be discussed by experts at an ICCL Forum (Breakingnews)
Lesotho goes to the polls today in a tight race for power (CNN)
$10 billion has been squandered by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses (CNN) What a waste of money! All the people that it could be helping
Two McCabe killers lose release bid
wo men serving jail sentences for their part in the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe ten years ago have lost their bid to be released under the Good Friday Agreement.
Pearse McAuley, who is serving 14 years for manslaughter, and Jeremiah Sheehy, serving 12 years, had challenged the Government’s failure to release them under the terms of the agreement.
Mr Justice Daniel Herbert ruled there was no unjustifiable discrimination between Jeremiah Sheehy and Pearse McAuley and 57 other prisoners who have been released under the Good Friday Agreement in Ireland.
The judge said it was a wholly legitimate aim for the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, and the Government to consider that Sheehy, McAuley and two others convicted of the unlawful killing of Det. Garda McCabe should be required to serve the sentence imposed on them by the Special Criminal Court.
The punishment, the judge said, was for the unique and shocking nature of the crime and as a deterrent to them and others against participation in paramilitary and criminal activity.
Mr Justice Herbert said it was also legitimate for the Government to wish to ensure that the peace process should not be jeopardised by the widespread loss of public confidence which would probably follow from the early release of the men.
With remission, McAuley is due to be released in August 2009, while Sheehy is due for release in February 2008.
It would be a terrible day if these men were released. They murdered Det. Jerry McCabe in cold blood due to a bothched robbery. They should serve their full sentences.