Gut and Amend: SB 54—Unconstitutional End-run on Proposition 8

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Gut and Amend–The Legislature’s Latest Con to Thwart the Constitution and the Twice Stated Will of the The People

SB 54 started out as a health care coverage bill, introduced by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California.  It passed through the necessary bill process and then was summarily gutted top to bottom.  Why?  What did they replace the contents of the already vetted bill with?

This bill, still called SB 54, is no longer a health care bill by design.  In line with Equality California’s gay agenda for California, it now says that a same-sex marriages from out of state, MUST be recognized in California!

This outrage circumvents both Proposition 8 and the California Supreme Court decision upholding the people’s right to amend the California constitution.

“SB 54 requires the state of California to validate and recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state of California prior to November 5, 2008.  The bill specifically violates Article I, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution which states “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”—California Family Council

The People spoke by the millions during the Proposition 8 election last year and by millions before during Proposition 22.  Twice by vote and now by Constitutional amendment, the Constitution of California recognizes marriage as between one man and one woman.

The gutting and amending of SB 54 allowed this controversial bill to pass to a full floor vote after going through only one committee hearing.  It’s wrong for such a controversial bill to not go through the whole legislative process with maximum public input.

Each year as the Legislature approaches its year-end adjournment, legislators attempt to push through controversial or contentious legislation.  Fight the gay agenda being pushed in California.  Stand up for our Constitution and the proper process that gives full vetting to proposed legislation.  This bill cannot go through!

Cutting out public discourse on legislation? Is this how democracy works in a government with too much power?  Our government needs to work for the people.  Not against them.

Gov. Schwarzenegger has until October 11 to either sign or veto this bill.  Call the Governor to Veto!

—Beetle Blogger

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Action Alert— Encourage Vetoes of SB 54 and SB 572

Gov. Schwarzenegger has until October 11 to either sign or veto the following bills.  Please continue to contact his office and encourage him to veto SB 54 and SB 572:

SB 54-End-run on Proposition 8
The bill states that all marriages performed prior to Proposition 8’s passage last November must be recognized by the state government. If they are performed after Proposition 8’s passage, the marriages will have all the legal rights and benefits of marriage, just not the legal term “marriage.” SB 54 was recently “gutted and amended,” going through only one committee hearing. It’s wrong for such a controversial bill to not go through the whole legislative process with maximum public input.

Read SB 54
Senate Votes for SB 54
Assembly Votes for SB 54

SB 572-Harvey Milk Day
Senator Mark Leno’s bill will declare every May 22 Harvey Milk Day in California. Milk was a San Francisco county supervisor and homosexual activists. According to SB 572, school children will learn about and honor Milk at school every May 22.

SB 572 is designed to insert sexual politics into all California classrooms. The bill language actually states that on Harvey Milk Day, schools are “encouraged” to conduct “exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state.” Such vague language means there are no clear guidelines for what students will do to “commemorate” the life of Harvey Milk and his controversial political activities advancing homosexuality.

Read SB 572
Senate Votes for SB 572
Assembly Votes for SB 572

Contact Governor Schwarzenegger and encourage him to VETO SB 54 and SB 572

Sacramento Office (916) 445-2841
Fresno Office (559) 477-1804
Los Angeles Office (213) 897-0322
Riverside Office  (951) 680-6860
San Diego Office (619) 525-4641
San Francisco Office (415) 703-2218

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24 Comments

  1. Urabus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I’ve been writting and faxing the governor since the beginning of the year on SB572. I don’t think it will do any good because he will do what benifits his image the most in the end. I am somewhat optomistic he will again veto the “homosexual worship day”, because he inducted the Ilk in question into the California Hall of Infamy last month. The governors spokesperson said the governor and his wife felt this was the appropriate place to “honor” (a guy that was murdered over a drug deal gone bad) him.

    I had not heard of the SB54 ammendments yet though. Once again, I heard it here first.

  2. beetlebabee said,

    October 2, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I’ve been trying to get through all morning. It’s been busy, jammed with opposition and supporters getting their say in. Equality California is especially pushing SB 54. Calling it the “Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act”, they just sent out an email urging their supporters to call in to the governor’s office this morning:

    Equality California |eqca.org
    The same people who passed Prop. 8 are now flooding the Governor with calls about Equality California’s legislation authored by Senator Mark Leno that will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states and countries. They claim we are trying to circumvent the law, undercut the Constitution and disregard the will of the people. Once again, they are lying in an attempt to deny us equality.

    Help counter their lies and set the record straight. Call the Governor today and express your support for SB 54, the Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act (Leno, D-San Francisco).

    Capitol Office (automated line)
    Phone: 916-445-2841
    Fresno Office
    Phone: 559-477-1804
    Los Angeles Office
    Phone: 213-897-0322
    Riverside Office
    Phone: 951-680-6860
    San Diego Office
    Phone: 619-525-4641
    San Francisco Office
    Phone: 415-703-2218

    The Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act would ensure that California recognizes marriages performed out of state in a way that is completely consistent with state law and the Supreme Court ruling upholding Prop. 8. But, that hasn’t stopped the extreme right-wing hate mongers from trying to strip away the rights the Court ruled we were entitled to and deserve.
    Please, call the Governor right now to express your support for SB 54 so legally married couples who were married out of state will have their marriages recognized in California. Also, if you haven’t yet, email the Governor using our Action Center.
    The bill can be signed or vetoed at any moment. There is no time to waste.
    Thank you,

    Geoff Kors
    Executive Director
    Equality California

  3. Marie said,

    October 2, 2009 at 10:50 am

    He’s looking for re-election. He’d better listen. People are fed up with this kind of politicking. To gut a healthcare bill that’s already been approved and then fill it with gay agenda? This is classic trojan horse trickery.

  4. Richard said,

    October 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

    This gut and amend rot is what they’re trying on a national level as well. It seems to be the dems new gotcha. Did you catch Susan on Rush Limbaugh yesterday? This kind of outrage is what’s going to turn this country inside out if they don’t start listening. This woman has it right!

  5. Ross said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    This Susan lady is a tad overdramatic..even Rush looks bored with her 5 minutes in.

  6. beetlebabee said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Ha, don’t tell me you’re a flaming liberal as well Ross?

  7. Ross said,

    October 3, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Not flaming, by any means. But come on, the lady is having a meltdown about not being able to afford or pay for healthcare for her SEVEN kids? Maybe she shouldnt have popped out seven kids.

  8. beetlebabee said,

    October 3, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Ross, that’s a gross distortion of her comments and only shows your gross bias against women. Personally, I think her comments were right on target. The concerns she has are valid and are only bolstered by the fact that she is a concerned and dedicated mother of seven children, not harmed by it. Her tirade is a microcosm of the concerns tipping the boiling point out in middle America. I thought her passion was excellently articulated. She’s obviously a well informed, intelligent person.

  9. Richard said,

    October 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

    lol Bored eh? I’d say not! You obviously didn’t listen to the other segments where he spent the next HOUR with her talking about her experiences and views. This clip has been all over the place today because it resonates with how so many of us feel. Go Pasadena Patriots!

  10. sally said,

    October 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

    woah, “popped out”? sounds like you have some major hate and disrespect for women Ross. That’s a pretty crude assessment of motherhood and families. Did you say the same to your mother who “Popped” you out?

    Weren’t you the one arguing earlier that gays ought to make great parents? I wonder given your hate for women. How will you ever raise a daughter with those kinds of thoughts to mould her with? I suppose you think women should be strapped to desks in service to the almighty dollar instead of being free to raise the next generation? And do you also subscribe to the idea that children are the doom of the planet?

    Great spokesman for family you are.

  11. sally said,

    October 3, 2009 at 10:57 am

    “I thought her passion was excellently articulated. She’s obviously a well informed, intelligent person.”

    I agree with this and I think that the best people like Ross can do is childishly pick at her womanhood, as if that were some great failing. I like how she says she was promoted to motherhood. Motherhood is unique and beautiful. You can’t argue with that.

  12. Rene said,

    October 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

    So did I Sally. In fact, that’s probably one of the most succinct rants I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. A friend sent it to me and I was like, yeah yeah yeah YEAH (stand up) YEAHHH!!!! and then I was calling my husband in to hear it and forwarding it to my friends on facebook and my kids were like, “what’s going on mom?” it was the whole standing O. Awesome!

  13. Ross said,

    October 3, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    1) I would hardly call my myself biased towards women. Many of my very best friends are women (and I would argue that I actually have more women friends than men friends..but who knows). Hey that’s awfully familiar sounding..dont all of you anti-marriage equality folk preface everything saying “No no, I dont hate gays. I have TONS of friends who are gay”. Anyways, I digress…I have a wonderful relationship with my mother who actually became incredibly supportive of gay rights decades ago when I came out to her. Just because I am not sexually attracted to women does not mean I don’t love and respect them. But thanks for being overdramatic in your categorization :)

    2) Sally, please. Me using the word “pop” suddenly makes me a woman-hater? Sounds like youre drinking the same overdramatic-koolaid as the woman in the clip. Lets call a spade a spade a spade. Just the same as you can say homosexuals are “neutering” marriage, its fair to say that that woman “popped” those kids out. I dont care for your terminology, you dont care for mine. Shucks, but that doesnt change the fact that they are still both accurate though.

    3) Motherhood is unique and beautiful. I cant argue with that. I will never know what it is to be a mother. But I know a lot of mothers who do a great job parenting their kids.

    4) And lastly, I never said I wanted to parent a little girl. Frankly, I don’t see it in the cards for me. I’ve never wanted to be a parent, I feel that there are plenty of other people who want to be mothers/fathers. Im sure they feel that that is their purpose in society. And I applaud them for that, if they really feel that that is their gift to societ. I feel my “purpose” is different, and you cant really blame someone for feeling differently. If it was everyone’s “job” to procreate this planet would be overcrowded

    If I was going to sink to your level, Sally, I could easily say ( since we’re all about stereotyping here)..how sad for you, Sally, that you must hate yourself for being a woman so much that you feel you have no purpose other than to “pop” out children and raise them as society has engrained into your brain to believe is your one and only mission. Trust me, Sally, there is a whole huge world out there to see past these borders. Plenty of people to meet, places to see, things to experience. I’m so sad you feel constrained by the gender role society has assigned to you for thousands of years.

    But I wont sink to your level, Sally. Cheers ;)

  14. Rene said,

    October 4, 2009 at 5:30 am

    “I would hardly call my myself biased towards women. ”

    No, but I’d say definitely biased against them.

  15. beetlebabee said,

    October 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

    “I’m so sad you feel constrained by the gender role society has assigned to you for thousands of years.”

    Interesting choice of words. Why would you say that? Is it because you assume that since Sally supports Susan’s political position, that she must also have seven children and that this is somehow bad? That is quite a leap of rhetoric that has zero to do with fairly assessing either Susan or Sally’s position on either the issues or their motherhood, which in one case is an unknown. I’d have to agree with the assessment of your anti-woman stance here Ross. Your prime criticism was not of Susan’s political opinions, not her mind, her positions, but a direct attack on her womanhood. Off limits, out of bounds, irrelevant….but completely illuminating. You shouldn’t have let that slip. It tells more about Ross than it does Susan.

  16. Ross said,

    October 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Beetle: “Your prime criticism was not of Susan’s political opinions, not her mind, her positions, but a direct attack on her womanhood”

    Incorrect. I attacked her having seven children…her motherhood not her womanhood. Motherhood does not equal womanhood. Unless you believe that all there is to being a woman is being a mother. In which case, thank you for proving my point. If not youre being awfully presumptuous

  17. Ross said,

    October 4, 2009 at 8:16 am

    And my attack was on her choices/decisions as well. It has nothing to do with political position or gender or anything…if you’re sitting there complaining that you’re worried about paying health insurance for 7 kids. Maybe you should re-assess your life and realize that maybe having 7 kids wasn’t the smartest decision you ever made. We are all responsible for the choices we make in life

  18. beetlebabee said,

    October 4, 2009 at 11:23 am

    “if you’re sitting there complaining that you’re worried about paying health insurance for 7 kids. Maybe you should re-assess your life and realize that maybe having 7 kids wasn’t the smartest decision you ever made.”

    Except that’s not what she said. That’s your distortion.

  19. proudmama said,

    October 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    One of the most touching parts of Susan’s call was talking about her family and contrasting her ability to provide for her family now, versus being able to provide for her family under the proposed governmental changes. There are some like Ross that will say, the changes are right, just don’t have so many kids so the government can take that money to care for your family. Then there are others like me that say, “get the government the heck out of my life!” and I will take care of my family.

    The government does not care for our families like we do. Having fewer children is not the answer. Sending moms into the workforce to pay for government programs is not the answer either. Family is more important than government. The sooner our leaders realize that, the healthier our families and by extension, our communities and nation, will be.

  20. morris said,

    October 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Is the Gay Agenda an imperialist NeoCon one?

  21. Ross said,

    October 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Give me a break, Beetle. to quote Susan: “They’ve got me over the barrell..because I will do anything to save the life of my children.. if it means Ive gotta kiss some big democrat’s rear end to get the healthcare for my babies. Ill do it, and it sickens me.”

    Wow look at that..sure looks like Susan “complaining about worrying about paying healthcare for 7 kids”…..which IS exactly what she said. Which is exactly what I said.

    I hope Susan does vote for Sarah Palin. I’d love it if she did.

  22. beetlebabee said,

    October 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Sorry Ross. At no point did she make the case that you’re trying to make for her, that lack of resources was the problem. She’s making the case that healthcare costs are going to go up for everyone, that it will be rationed and that she’s worried for her children. The solution isn’t to have fewer children so we can give more resources to the government, the solution is to have a government that works on free market principles.

  23. James R. said,

    October 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I hear the Gov. is going to veto everything on his desk if they don’t pass some kind of water relief for the farmers in the Central Valley who went out of work this summer due to the pumps being turned off. Good for him! I hope he does. Nothing that made it out of this session was worth passing. Sorry state!

  24. Urabus said,

    October 12, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Here it is October 12th, and there is no information on these two homosexual promoted bills on the governors website. The two are conspicuously missing amidst all the other bills he either signed or vetoed yesterday. Is there something underhanded going on here?


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