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The Alliance Defense Fund reports that they have been granted permission to intervene on behalf of ProtectMarriage.com to defend California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act against a lawsuit brought by two gay men claiming the acts violate the U.S. Constitution.

Court: ADF to defend Prop. 8, federal DOMA

ADF attorneys granted intervention on behalf of ProtectMarriage.com in defense of Calif. marriage amendment and federal DOMA
Friday, May 08, 2009, 8:25 AM (MST) |
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SANTA ANA, Calif. — A federal court entered an order granting Alliance Defense Fund attorneys a motion to intervene Thursday on behalf of ProtectMarriage.com in a lawsuit waged by two men against the United States and the state of California to eliminate California’s state constitutional amendment protecting marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. ADF attorneys filed a motion to intervene last month to defend the intended definition of marriage in a suit alleging that the passage of both Proposition 8 and DOMA violates the U.S. Constitution.

“The people of California want marriage to remain as the union between one man and one woman; they made their voice clear last November at the polls,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum. “Yet this lawsuit begs the court to nullify the voices of more than 7 million California voters, as well as put an end to the federal law on marriage. We are pleased to be able to represent ProtectMarriage.com in defense of California’s constitutional marriage amendment and the federal DOMA. ”

In December 2008, two men filed a lawsuit claiming that the California marriage amendment, which voters decisively passed as Proposition 8 in last November’s election, violates the U.S. Constitution. The suit also argues that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton, is also unconstitutional. The men have asked the court to issue an overwhelmingly broad injunction “mandating the use of gender-neutral terms in all legislation affecting marriage.”

“ProtectMarriage.com, the official proponents and campaign committee of Proposition 8, says it is intervening in the lawsuit because otherwise California’s constitutional amendment would be left essentially undefended in light of the fact that the state attorney general has already argued that he thinks it should be invalidated,” said ADF-allied attorney Andrew Pugno of Folsom, who is directly working with ADF attorneys and allied attorney Sam Kim of Buena Park on the case.

  • Order granting motion to intervene issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, Santa Ana in Smelt v. United States of America

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OneNewsNow columnist Sandy Rios has an article comparing Peter’s denial of Jesus during Jesus’ trial to Rick Warren’s backpedaling to his homosexual friends and the world over Proposition 8.

Rick Warren – another Easter denial

Sandy Rios – Guest Columnist – 4/14/2009 8:35:00 AM

Sandy Rios“Even if others do, I will never deny you,” declared the Apostle Peter some 2,000 years ago just hours before he did exactly that, three times, when the heat was on. Ten others boasted the same, but when the risk was more than theoretical, all deserted Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Only one was seen at the cross.

A fascinating story…the “old story,” as the secularists like to call it.  Barack Obama alluded to this in his speech in France. We need a new story…a discovery of “new ways” of thinking.  We must throw off the old, and embrace a much more enlightened, intelligent point of view, he said.  By doing so, our president argued, we remove inconvenient barriers, cumbersome moral values and achieve self-determination with our new understanding of the world guiding the way.  Surely we cannot be bound in this advanced new age by the old moral codes or put plainly, by what Jesus taught — certainly not if we are to curry favor with the world in which we live.

During Holy Week, Peter’s portion of the “old story” was revisited in a very contemporary way.  The last instruction Jesus gave as He left earth was that His followers should tell His story of forgiveness and redemption not only in their communities, but to the “ends of the earth.” And as His followers told the “old story,” they should not leave out all the other things He had carefully taught them.  He wanted future generations to go beyond mere intellectual understanding and move to actually living out the principles.

One of those principles was marriage. “For this reason shall a man leave his parents and join with his wife and the two shall become one flesh,” Jesus instructed. One man…one woman…for a lifetime; no sex outside of that union.  His clear moral teaching applied to homosexuality and never entertained a discussion of same-sex “marriage,” because it would have been unthinkable.  “I have come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it,” Jesus said in regard to Old Testament moral standards.

Fast forwarding to November 2008, California voters of various religious persuasions — in a ballot measure called Proposition 8 — held to the Judeo-Christian teaching that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Pastor Rick Warren — author of the multi-million selling book The Purpose Driven Life; pastor of Saddleback, one of the largest churches in the country; deeply influential — rightly told his congregation just weeks before the election: “…if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition 8.  I never support a candidate, but on moral issues I come out very clear.”

Until last week…Holy Week.

“Though others may turn away, I will never deny you,” promised Peter.  But then in the chill of night in a courtyard just outside the place of Jesus’ trial, as others around the fire began to probe his relationship to Jesus, he denied even knowing him.  No one was threatening his life, but the derision increased, until Peter’s denial escalated to a curse to more emphatically deny he had ever known Jesus.

Peter was worried about his reputation.  He didn’t want to be the odd man out in the courtyard over the fire…it wasn’t a Roman soldier with a sword who challenged him, it was a servant girl.

“On moral issues I come out very clear,” declared Warren when speaking in the safety of his church last October. But when confronted by homosexual friends and by CNN’s Larry King, he folded like Peter.  He told a national television audience that he had “apologized” to his homosexual friends for making comments in support of Proposition 8.  He “never once gave an endorsement” of the marriage amendment, he declared in that much larger, electronic courtyard. “I never once issued a statement.” But that was not true. He had given an impassioned plea on camera for support of Proposition 8…a plea worthy of a Christian leader…a plea to follow Jesus’ teaching on marriage.  Then in one CNN moment, he not only backed away from the hard teaching, but lied in the process.  On camera…both times…for all to see.

Seduced by the pressure of fame?  Driven by the desire to please his friends?  Afraid to be seen as bigoted to a national television audience?  Whatever the motivation, the denial is no less significant.

After Peter finished his denial, he went out and wept bitterly.  Jesus later forgave him in a personal exchange, and Peter became one of the greatest examples of Christ following of all time…crucified upside down for his faith…fearless to the end.

But he repented.  If Rick Warren does not, he has lost his moral authority as a Christian leader.  Without repentance, he joins the apostate ranks of others who declare Jesus’ teaching when it is expedient and deny it when it interferes with choice or reputation.

Another Easter denial — but we pray Warren will not let his story end there.

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OneNewsNow has an article that brings up the issue of how the mainstream media, the ones clamoring over Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrats, has treated the anti-prop 8 activists versus the TEA party protests.

Tax Day protests not media’s cup of tea

Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 4/14/2009 7:00:00 AM

tea cupThe mainstream media provided extensive coverage of the protests surrounding California’s ban on same-sex “marriage,” but appears to be virtually ignoring the grassroots “TEA parties” that are drawing huge crowds across the country. One conservative media watchdog organization has a problem with that.

Dan Gainor is vice president for business and culture at the Culture and Media Institute (CMI). He says with Tax Day just a day away, the national news media is continuing to shirk its responsibility by refusing to cover the “Taxed Enough Already” — or TEA party — movement.

Gainor says the TEA parties drew 30,000 people to 50 events on February 27, and organizers are hoping to have hundreds of thousands of attendees at more than 1,500 events tomorrow (April 15). But the mainstream media, he argues, was more concerned about giving coverage to homosexuals protesting passage of Proposition 8 — a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California — than they are the concerns of ordinary Americans about the massive government bailouts.

TEA party logoThe CMI spokesman says journalists should not let their support for President Obama get in the way of doing what is right.

“The mainstream media are on Obama’s side in a big way,” he observes, “so why are they going to go write about something that they clearly don’t agree with and knocks their guy — even though I think it’s pretty obvious that the TEA party protests are non-partisan.”

Gainor offers evidence of the non-partisan nature of the gatherings. “Michael Steele, the head of the Republican Party, wanted to speak at one of the protests — and he was told flat out, no,” he states “Their comment was that this is one of the times when ordinary people get to speak and politicians are supposed to listen.”

According to media observer, what little coverage the mainstream media has done has been mostly unsympathetic toward the TEA party cause.

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WorldNetDaily is reporting that  Ruth Schneider, who wrote a column in the Olympian newspaper, has a website up that uses Google Maps to pinpoint the residences and businesses of people who donated $100+ in support of Proposition 8 in California. She claims that the website “should be an invitation to have an open conversation.”

She also says that she hopes “there are no threats against people for taking a particular political position.”  The website’s subtitle seems to suggest disdain for those who supported Prop 8 by saying, “Proposition 8 changed the California state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. These are the people who donated in order to pass it.”  I don’t see anything there about your “hopes” against violence or threats, Ms. Schneider.

We’ve all seen what happened in the days and weeks after the election and how gays reacted to the banning of their “marriage rights”; how could you not believe this will cause even more disrespectful, immature, and violent behavior?  Seems like you’re just fueling the fire.  I bet your address, or that of any of your friends, won’t be found on there, will they?

Google Map: Intimidation or conversation starter?

Web service identifies names, locations of Prop 8 supporters

Posted: February 11, 2009
11:50 pm Eastern
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Is it intimidation or a conversation starter? “It” is an Internet service, Google Maps, that provides the names, donation amount and location all of those people who donated $100 or more to the successful California Proposition 8 state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman – only.
Ruth Schneider, under the column headline “OUTspoken,” in the Olympian newspaper in Washington state, said the identification “should be an invitation to have an open conversation.”

She cited Toni Broaddus, executive director of the Equality Federation group of “60 state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations,” who said she certainly has “hope there are no threats against people for taking a particular political position.”

But officials for Protect Marriage.com, the group that organized the amendment campaign, said it hasn’t worked exactly like that.

“There has been a systematic effort to intimidate and harass donors to the Prop 8 campaign,” said Ron Prentice, chairman of ProtectMarriage.com, at a time recently when amendment supporters were asking California courts to halt enforcement of state campaign reporting laws mandating the release of such donor information.

“The latest example of this is the publication by our opponents of ‘Google Maps’ showing the home or office location of Yes on 8 contributors.

“The message of this harassment is unmistakable – ‘support traditional marriage and we will find you,'” he said.

The lawsuit seeking the protection of the identities of some of those who donated lesser amounts to the Prop 8 campaign noted organizations such as “Californians Against Hate” now “exist for the primary purpose of identifying and taking action against supporters of Proposition 8.”

The organization cited “numerous examples of threatening and harassing e-mails, phone calls and postcards suffered by supporters of Proposition 8, including death threats.”

The courts ultimately refused to provide that protection.

Learn about the intimidating tactics and brilliant marketing techniques being used by “gay rights” activists – read David Kupelian’s controversial blockbuster, “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, a federal judge found that the state requirement that donors of $100 or more be disclosed was constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. found the state, by requiring disclosure of that information, “is not facilitating retaliation.”

According to Schneider, the Eightmaps.com, is a “mash-up of Google Maps and everyone who donated more than $100 to pass the Proposition 8 campaign.”

Donors, she wrote, “can be found in our state, our county, our neighborhood, our backyard. I zoomed in on that map and found two people with addresses in DuPont who donated to the campaign. And a project manager with a Tumwater address donated $100. I called him. Tobin Faucheaux called me back. While he was unaware the Web site listed his location and name, he wasn’t surprised by it. Nor was he upset. ‘I made that decision when I made the donation,’ Faucheaux said of the public disclosure.”

According to ProtectMarraige officials, their challenge to mandatory release of donor information focused on “ensuring that supporters of traditional marriage can do so without fear of intimidation and harassment.”

“The United States Supreme Court has held that when there is a reasonable probability that disclosure of contributor information will result in harassment of contributors to a political organization, the organization can be exempted from further disclosure of contributor information,” Prentice said.

The group said it was only challenging the disclosure of donors who contributed between $100 and $1,000, since those above that level already were disclosed.

The release of the information violates the donors’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression, the group explained. Some of the victims of harassment already “have been forced from their jobs. Others have seen their businesses targeted. Still others have had their personal information put on signs and flyers and distributed throughout their communities.”

Among the messages to Prop 8 donors:

  • “Burn in hell.”
  • “Consider yourself lucky. If I had a gun I would have gunned you down along with each and every other supporter.”
  • “I just wanted to call and let you know what a great picture that was of you and the other Nazi’s [sic] in the newspaper….Don’t worry though, we have plans for you and your friends.

Also cited were cases of vandalism and property destruction.

WND previously reported on the threats from homosexual activists against worshippers in San Francisco at the time of the vote.

A group of Christians had been singing and praying in the “gay” district for several days, and the results are shown in the following video:

(Warning: Video may contain offensive language)

The worship group began singing “Amazing Grace,” while an estimated 500 “gay” advocates sang, “We Shall Overcome.”

The woman said she and her friend were doused with hot coffee. One man took a Bible from her friend, hit her on the head with it, pushed her to the ground and began kicking her. People began lunging at the Christian group, blowing whistles in their ears.

“They started saying, ‘We’re going to kill you,'” she said. “They started taking our pictures and saying, ‘We’re going to kill you. We know who you are.”

The woman said her group had merely organized a peaceful fellowship and wasn’t there to condemn homosexuals.

“We hadn’t preached,” she said. “We hadn’t evangelized. We worshipped God in peace, and we were about to die for it.”

“Their rights were respected,” Joe Schmitz, an opponent of Prop. 8, told San Francisco’s KTVU Channel 2. “They got a chance to go ahead and pray on the sidewalk, and I had the opportunity to express my freedom of speech, which is telling them to get out of my neighborhood.”

WND also has reported on the lawsuits filed by homosexual advocates against the constitutional amendment, and the arguments that have been submitted to the state Supreme Court.

Seven justices in Supreme Court courtroom in Sacramento, from left to right: Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno, Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Associate Justice Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter and Associate Justice Carol A. Corriga

The Supreme Court earlier rejected a stay on Proposition 8, allowing it to remain in effect and preventing more homosexuals from exchanging vows until the case is decided. Approximately 18,000 homosexual “marriages” have taken place since June 2008 when the court ruled 4 to 3 to legalize same-sex unions.

In response to the court’s decision to hear the challenges Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, said the court must consider the will of the people.

“The court is playing with fire by threatening to destroy the people’s vote on marriage,” he said in a statement. “The California Constitution clearly says that the voters have the right to alter the highest law of the land. It’s the beauty of the American system of government. The four Supreme Court justices who unconstitutionally invented homosexual ‘marriages’ – Ron George, Joyce Kennard, Kathryn Werdegar and Carlos Moreno – seem to be ignoring the fact that the people get the last word, not the judges.”

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CNSNews has a story up that shows the shift that has taken place from people thinking the Right was gripped by “insane rage” to the only group, post election, that is demonstrating that insane rage, anti-Proposition 8 backers.  It also summarizes several of the news stories that aren’t being widely publicized on the mainstream media.  It reminds me of children acting out when I was in grade school.

“Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” — Isaiah 41:11-13

The Insane Rage of the Same-Sex Marriage Mob
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Before Election Day, national media handwringers forged a wildly popular narrative: The right was, in the words of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, gripped by “insane rage.” Outbreaks of incivility (some real, but mostly imagined) were proof positive of the extremist takeover of the Republican Party. The cluck-cluckers and tut-tutters shook with fear.

But when the GOP took a beating on Nov. 4, no mass protests ensued; no nationwide boycotts erupted. Conservatives took their lumps and began the peaceful post-defeat process of self-flagellation, self-analysis and self-autopsy.

In fact, in the wake of campaign 2008 there’s only one angry mob gripped by “insane rage”: left-wing same-sex marriage activists incensed at their defeat in California. Voters there approved Proposition 8, a traditional marriage initiative, by 52 percent to 48 percent.

Instead of introspection and self-criticism, however, the sore losers who opposed Prop. 8 responded with threats, fists and blacklists.

That’s right. Activists have published on the Internet an “Anti-Gay Blacklist” of Prop. 8 donors. If the tables were turned and Prop. 8 proponents created such an enemies list, everyone in Hollywood would be screaming “McCarthyism” faster than you could count to eight.

A Los Angeles restaurant whose manager made a small donation to the Prop. 8 campaign has been besieged nightly by hordes of protesters who have disrupted business, intimidated patrons and brought employees to tears. Out of fear for their jobs and their lives, workers at El Coyote Mexican Cafe pooled together $500 to pay off the bullies.

Scott Eckern, the beleaguered artistic director of California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, was forced to resign over his $1,000 donation to the Prop. 8 campaign. Rich Raddon, director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, is next on the chopping block after the anti-Prop. 8 mob discovered that he had also contributed to the “Yes on 8” campaign. Calls have been pouring in for his firing.

Over the last two weeks, anti-Prop. 8 organizers have targeted Mormon, Catholic and evangelical churches. Sentiments like this one, found on the anti-Prop.8 website “JoeMyGod,” are common across the left-wing blogosphere: “Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.”

Thousands of gay-rights demonstrators stood in front of the Mormon temple in Los Angeles shouting “Mormon scum.” The Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City received threatening letters containing an unidentified powder. Religion-bashing protesters filled with hate decried the “hate” at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif. Vandals defaced the Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Calif., because church members had collected Prop. 8 petitions. One worshiper’s car was keyed with the slogans “Gay sex is love” and “SEX.” Another car’s antenna and windshield wipers were broken.

In Carlsbad, Calif., a man was charged with punching his elderly neighbors over their pro-Prop. 8 signs. In Palm Springs, Calif., a videographer filmed unhinged anti-Prop. 8 marchers who yanked a large cross from the hands of 69-year-old Phyllis Burgess and stomped on it.

In San Francisco, Christians evangelizing in the Castro District needed police protection after the same-sex marriage mob got physical and hounded them off the streets. Enthusiastically shooting themselves in the foot, anti-Prop. 8 boycotters are now going after the left-wing Sundance Film Festival because it does business in Mormon-friendly Utah.

Also targeted: Cinemark Theaters across the country. The company’s CEO, Alan Stock, donated just under $10,000 to the traditional marriage measure. Never mind that Cinemark theaters are hosting the new biopic about gay icon Harvey Milk. They must pay for the sins of the company head who dared to exercise his political free speech.

Corporate honchos, church leaders and small donors alike are in the same-sex marriage mob’s crosshairs, all unfairly demonized as hate-filled bigots by bona fide hate-filled bigots who have abandoned decency in pursuit of “equal rights.” One wonders where Barack Obama—himself an opponent of Proposition 8 — is as this insane rage rages on. Soul-Fixer, Nation-Healer, where art thou?

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