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Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:14 PM
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Gordon Brown Attacks Prop 8: "Unacceptable"
Brown attacks US gay marriage ban

Gordon Brown has condemned California's ban on gay marriage as "unacceptable" and warned people to be vigilant against all forms of discrimination.

The prime minister said the ban, backed in a referendum in the US state in November, would "undo" much of recent progress made in tackling prejudice.

California became the 28th US state to prohibit gay marriage, overturning an earlier court ruling legalising it.

Same-sex civil partnerships became law in the UK in 2005.
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Civil partnerships gave gay partners the same tax and inheritance rights as heterosexual married couples.

Mr Brown made the comments at a reception in Downing Street for leading figures from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Nearly 20,000 gay couples have married in California since same-sex unions were legalised in May and the state authorities have said these will remain valid.

The referendum, which gained 52% support, called for the state's constitution to be amended to include the stipulation that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognised".

Mr Brown said "this attempt to undo good that has been done is unacceptable".

He added: "This shows why we have always got to be vigilant, always got to fight homophobic behaviour and any form of discrimination."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7928563.stm



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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:18 PM
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1. Unfortunately, Brown is not on the CA Supreme Court. n/t
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:30 PM
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2. he is absolutely correct
it's homophobic and pur discrimination and it STINKS
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:50 PM
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3. He's not Tony the Poodle is he?
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:40 PM
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4. "The referendum, which gained 52% support...". How do they know this?
No one can know this. The voting system in California is 99% non-transparent. Virtually all the voting machines and central tabulators are run on 'TRADE SECRET,' PROPRIETARY programming code, owned and controlled by rightwing Bushite corporations, with only a 1% audit (miserably inadequate). No one can say who won that initiative--unless the ballots were to be counted, by hand, in the public venue. This does not happen--not even for absentee (mail-in) ballots which are scanned into the highly riggable electronics, the vote turned into electrons--as with all votes--and 99% of the ballots dumped into a box and never seen again.

There is hardly a public official in the country--including Barack Obama--who can prove that he or she was actually elected. Half the voting systems in the country have no audit at all--because they don't even have a paper trail. Those votes are not even verifiable, let alone verified. I happen to think Obama was elected--in fact, I think his mandate was significantly and fraudulently shaved--but that is based on external evidence (exit polls, pre-election polls, reg stats, etc.--TIA's analysis).

Nobody knows. The BBC doesn't know--and is engaging in fraudulent journalism by claiming that it does. The Sec of State doesn't know. Prop 8 opponents don't know. It's all sham and bullshit. Much as I admire CA's new SoS, for doing the best that she can in a system that she dare not challenge in any significant way (cuz of what happened to the last CA SoS who tried that), she does not know.

When are we going to stop living in "Alice in Wonderland"--and demand vote counting that we can see?

Until we do, the "Red Queen" rules. Or is it the "Mad Hatter"?
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