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Doc Lightning
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Doc Lightning

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Posted:Oh, this is very good news. VERY good news. Hold on to your hats, folks. the war has begun (right in the middle of a Republican Administration AND Congress) and it's gonna be a good one. Ugly, but good. ubblol



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http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/02/12/gay.marriage.california.ap/index.html




San Francisco weds first gay couple







SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) --In a bold political and legal challenge to California law, city authorities officiated at the marriage of a lesbian couple Thursday and said they will issue more gay marriage licenses.



The act of civil disobedience was coordinated by Mayor Gavin Newsom and top city officials and was intended to beat a conservative group to the punch.



The group, Campaign for California Families, had planned to go to court on Friday to get an injunction preventing the city from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.



Longtime lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon, 79, and Del Martin, 83, were hurriedly issued a license and were married just before noon by City Assessor Mabel Teng in a closed-door civil ceremony at City Hall, mayor's spokesman Peter Ragone said. The two have been a couple for 51 years.



Ragone said that beginning at noon, officials would begin issuing marriage licenses to any gay couples applying for one. One lesbian couple had already lined up outside City Hall, one of the women wearing a white wedding dress.



Lyon and Martin said after the brief ceremony that they were going home to rest and did not plan anything to celebrate. The couple seemed proud of what they had done.



"Why shouldn't we" be able to marry? Lyon asked.



Thursday's marriage runs counter to a ballot measure California voters approved in 2000 that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.



No state legally sanctions gay marriage, though Massachusetts could become the first this spring. The Massachusetts high court has ruled that gays are entitled under the state constitution to marry.



State lawmakers later passed a domestic partner law that, when it goes into effect in 2005, will offer the most generous protections to gays outside Vermont.



Mayor Newsom was not present for the wedding Thursday. The two official witnesses were Kate Kendell, director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and former city official Roberta Achtenberg.



The Campaign for California Families did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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pounce
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Posted:YES!

IT'S ABOUT [censored] TIME!!!!


I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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spritie
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spritie

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Posted:Yup, it's very good news indeed! hug

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Posted:i think thats wonderful, beerchug if only tony blair would folow suit........................

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Dunc
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Posted:Progress....it's all good biggrin

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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mcp
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Posted:biggrin biggrin biggrin

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Doc Lightning
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Posted:I love how they completely blindsided the religious Right on this. They had NO idea this was coming. They did a great job of keeping this a secret.

It will be six months before some Right-wing Christian group can even react! ubblol


-Mike )'(
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Posted:The MA legislature shelved the issue for a month .

And to expand on what Lightning said - over 50 couples were married on CA yesterday.

Progress!


E pluribus unum, baby.

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bubblishis


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Posted:3 cheers for a step forward.

It'll be interesting to see how this shapes the rest of the primary - not to mention the election. This line might just be too thin for W's clumsy feet.



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Posted:YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


eat that you righty tits!!!!!!!!!!!!!


hahahahahahahaha!!!!! ooo i can see the angry white men turning into angry red men as i type!!!


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

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Posted:I'll be honest. I'm a bit frightened. Like I said, this is gonna get ugly. The problem with a war is that there's always the chance you might lose. And when you lose a war, you lose hard-core.

So either when this is all over:

1) Gay marriage will be legal and there will be full protections under Federal law against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

OR...

2) All domestic partnerships except for marriage between one man and one woman will be illegal, sodomy laws will be reinstated (perhaps even with a Constitutional amendment), and basically, life will suck. And Bush will be Supreme Dictator For Life.



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LetumLux
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Posted:Quote:
And Bush will be Supreme Dictator For Life.



AHHHH!!! I'm moving to Antarctica, I'm moving to Antarctica...! No.. wait.. MOVING TO MARS!

I'd really like to protest your prediction. Say something about "But the Constitution will protect us!" Ehm. Yes, well... we saw how well THAT has held up these past few years, haven't we?


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Tao Star


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Posted:there's no way he'll win again (wishfull thinking? confused) especially now he's told the mos blatant lie ever and been completely found out - the whole national service thing. He's not a stupid as he looks - but he's still pretty dumb. tongue


and he thought he was going to get away with it...


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LetumLux
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Posted:You seem to forget that US-ers are... uh. "Special." They obviously accepted Bush well enough at the start and are actually considering electing him AGAIN. They tend to overlook things like blatant lies. Oh, this does not bode well for my psychological health...

There really is no explanation for this painful phenomenon. I passed out cold. Then I died. - Ach Mein Gott, issue 1.

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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Quote:
there's no way he'll win again (wishfull thinking? confused) especially now he's told the mos blatant lie ever and been completely found out - the whole national service thing. He's not a stupid as he looks - but he's still pretty dumb. tongue


and he thought he was going to get away with it...



Tao, I'm optimistic that he'll lose the election. However, I am a bit concerned that he might actually make a very rash move, from fixing the election to declaring a state of emergency and saying that he will not leave.

I find it very darkly amusing that Kerry, who has a good military record, is being bashed on his being anti-war.


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pounce
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Posted:Quote:
You seem to forget that US-ers are... uh. "Special." They obviously accepted Bush well enough at the start and are actually considering electing him AGAIN. They tend to overlook things like blatant lies. Oh, this does not bode well for my psychological health...



that's not entirely true. ya some of the patriotics who couldn't think for themselves, wait, edit. some of the people who feared terrorism and all that voted him in. and liked his politics. but remember, he wasn't elected. only president in history that wasn't elected (that includes the VPs who moved into office cause they were elected originally with the president). and america is none too happy with him these days.

i'm pretty hopefully too. but i'm not holding my breath either.


I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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Doc Lightning
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Posted:It's simple, really. If Bush gets re-elected, I'll finish my training...and leave.

-Mike )'(
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"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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arsn


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Posted:Quote:
Originally posted by Lightning
They had NO idea this was coming. They did a great job of keeping this a secret.



So does this mean they finally came out... ubbrollsmile


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ImmortalAngel
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

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Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Posted:Heh, there was 7 same sex couples that moved to Toronto today just to get married in time for valentines day. I saw it on the news and I was like "Take that stupid USA anti gay people!".

It's good that they finally get the same rights as everyone else.

Now all we have to do is show people that women really ARN'T peoples and we are all set... ubbrollsmile errr incase you didn't know, I was joking ^.^'


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Angel, you know why women have small feet?

So they can stand closer to the stove! ubblol

eek eek eek eek

*backing away from the slowly gathering crowd of glowering women*

Eh...girls...I was just...uh...kidding...um...yeah...um... redface

*whimpering*

Please don't kill me? eek


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Silvur
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Posted:I was wondering how long it would take the States to follow in our footsteps!!

Good for them! beerchug


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pounce
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Posted:*squints and growls at lightning*

I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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