New Ballot Measures Against Traditional Marriage

Two new ballot initiatives have been cleared for signature gathering by the Attorney General. One would eliminate all marriages in California, re-defining them as Domestic Partnerships. The other measure would legalize homosexual marriage and attempt to trick voters into believing that our public schools will not address alternative marriage, or that religious liberties won’t be weakened by the existence of gay marriage.

The “Domestic Partnership” initiative was authored by two college students, with no apparent support then or now. Despite the many news articles written about this new measure, it is highly unlikely that it will ever make the ballot. The homosexual lobby has spoken out against the proposal, and obviously the majority of Californians will not react well to eliminating the institution of marriage in our state. We expect this measure to quickly fade away.

The second initiative is of more concern because its language attempts to confuse voters into thinking there are no natural consequences of same-sex marriage. The measure says that it will not change California’s curriculum regarding teaching of same-sex marriage. However, that is a false promise because the statutes are already in place to teach children about gay marriage if it is legalized, just as it is taught to young children in Massachusetts. You’ll recall that during the period when homosexual marriage was legalized in California, a public school in San Francisco took a class of first graders to a lesbian wedding, calling it a “teachable moment.” The initiative also gratuitously says that it will not force ministers to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies if it conflicts with their faith.  There is no doubt that lawsuits would be filed in short order against clergy, but the more immediate issue is how legalized homosexual marriage will negatively affect religious liberties and freedom outside the pulpit. We will monitor this initiative but at present there does not appear to be significant support building for it.

—Update from Ron Prentice, Chairman of the Yes on 8 campaign,

In Harm’s Way…Still

The following is an actual email from a soldier stationed in the Middle East. It was sent a few days ago to a friend’s family member. Even with talks of bailouts, increasing taxes, and other economical issues; never forget that our men and women of the armed forces are still in harm’s way overseas. They are and forever will be the true heroes of America.

“Ok everybody here it is. Yesterday while on a mission in the southern part of the Helmond Province. We were in heavy contact with the Taliban in that area. It first started with Rocket Propeled Grenages launched in our area. then a very heavy volley of small arms fire was initiated by the Taliban. we were ducking behind an armoured truck for cover when i heard a loud “crack”. everybody reacted to the sound when i then felt a severe burning sensation to my left calf muscle. I looked down and saw that i was bleeding. somebody hollared, DOC YOUVE BEEN SHOT!!!!!. thats when i realized i had taken an ak47 round to my leg. the bullet entered the front part of my leg and exited the back. the hole is small going in but the hole going out is about the size of a
quarter.. it burned like nothing i ever felt before. i was real pissed at that point but we were being fired at quite a bit. i cant say we were being over run cause you never really see these guys they hide in there mud huts we call “murder huts”. which consist of solid mud, concrete essentially not even a .50 cal can penetrate it. we had to leave that area the other medics were getting their butts handed to them too. my pa got some glass in his eyes when then windshield of his truck were shot out. anyway the round actually stopped at our truck and we found it after they got the bandage on my leg. perfectly intact. the bullet missed my tibia by an inch. i was glad for that. i am a little sore. i did not want any morphine cause i was worried i would be knocked out if i had to shoot back again. my team leader is this great big black dude that took care of my wound and stopped the bleeding, it did not bleed that much really. then i was medevaced to a british army hospital. i told the flight medics i did not want to see a doctor that what could do would be good enough. they were shocked i was walking on it. anyway. i dont know what else to say. i am ok. they are making me go back to Kabul to recover. i am not realy happy about that we dont have enough medics as it is. love ted”

Presidential Legal Counsel Sees Pregnancy as Slavery

With [the President’s] appointment of Dawn Johnsen, a former NARAL [National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League] attorney, as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel, pro-life advocates already know they are getting an abortion advocate in the position. But Johnsen goes further and views pregnancy as slavery.

Johnsen is a professor at the Indiana University School of Law, but she is also a longtime abortion advocate and worked for one of the leading abortion advocacy groups. Johnsen was the legal director for NARAL from 1988-1993.

In an article at National Review, Andrew McCarthy says that Johnsen’s view of pregnancy as slavery wasn’t just an off-the-cuff remark. “It was her considered position in a 1989 brief filed in the Supreme Court,” he explains, and the legal papers she filed concerned a Missouri law banning taxpayer funding of abortions. In the papers, Johnsen said that any restriction that makes abortion less accessible is, in her view, tantamount to “involuntary servitude” because it “requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state’s asserted interest [in the life of the unborn].”

California’s Pro-Family Legislative Scorecard

Capitol Resource Family Impact is pleased to announce its Legislative Scorecard for the last legislative session, which ran from 2007 to 2008.

“This scorecard is California’s only pro-family tool for tracking how Sacramento legislators vote on social issues,” said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Family Impact. “CRFI salutes nearly 20 elected officials for earning perfect scores over two years of voting.”

In the Assembly, these legislators are Joel Anderson, Chuck DeVore, Michael Duvall, Doug La Malfa, Alan Nakaniski, Jim Silva, Audra Strickland, Michael Villines, and Mimi Walters. The Senate is represented by Dick Ackerman, Roy Ashburn, James Battin, Dave Cogdill, Dave Cox, Bob Dutton, Dennis Hollingsworth, Tom McClintock, and George Runner.

“These men and women stood for timeless family values in an environment that is not always friendly to such convictions,” said Meredith Turney, Legislative Liaison for Capitol Resource Family Impact. “We hear from citizens all around California who are grateful for their work.”

Another 19 assemblymembers and senators came within one vote of receiving perfect scores.

Over half of California’s assemblymembers, however, received scores of 12 percent or lower. In the Senate, more than half received voting scores of 13 percent or less on vital social issues.

“It is our hope that, as CRFI works with new and returning legislators over the next two years, California will benefit from the strong voting records of even more ‘perfect score’ legislators,” England said.

Download the scorecard here.

Southern California Tea Party

All across America citizens are fired up. They’re sick of government tax increases and are raising their voices. The citizens of California are no different. Just a few weeks ago, the California state senate passed a new budget that includes increases in vehicle registration fee, state sales tax, the surcharge on state income taxes, and will cut many state jobs.

As citizens, we cannot stand for this. It is bad enough that our national government is spending our nation into a free-fall, but now Governor Arnold has caught the spending bug. It’s time the good citizens of our land stand up and protest the government’s tax increases. It’s time for all good men and women to come together and tell Washington and Sacramento that we will not take tax hikes any more. America is still a land of the people, by the people, and for the people.

So how can you get involved? If you live in Southern California, we are having an Southern California Party. Why a “tea party”? Because in 1773, the colonists of early America protested Britain’s unbearable taxing by throwing crates of tea into Boston Harbor. While we won’t be destroying crates of tea, we will be showing our leaders that we will not have taxation without honest representation.

The tea party will be held in Lancaster, California, at the Lancaster Courthouse on Saturday, April 11, from 10:00am—11:00am. We will be hearing from guest speakers California State Senator George Runner (who strongly stood against the new tax-filled budget), State Assembleyman Steve Knight (who also refused to pass the new budget), Lancaster Mayor Parris, Lancaster Councilman Ron Smith, and many business owners and citizens.

Come out, bring your signs, and be a part of history in the making. If you’re sick of increased taxes and feel no one is representing you as the hard-working citizen anymore, come be a part and let both Sacramento and Washington know you are sick of paying for their mistakes.

**If you need directions or have any questions, leave me a comment. Also, if you have any slogans for signs, leave them in a comment as well.

CA State Supreme Court Hearing on Prop 8

The California State Supreme Court is now hearing arguments against Proposition 8.

Watch it here:

California Legislature Violates Separation of Powers, Passes Anti-Prop 8 Resolutions

Yesterday afternoon the Assembly and Senate passed resolutions stating their opposition to Proposition 8.

Both houses of the state legislature are trying to go on record opposing Proposition 8 prior to the California Supreme Court’s hearing of the lawsuits against Proposition 8 on Thursday. In lengthy floor debates, Democrats passed HR 5 (Ammiano) and SR 7 (Leno), which express the opinion of the legislature that Proposition 8 was an unconstitutional revision and must be ruled invalid. However, the legislature’s passage of HR 5 and SR 7 violates the separation of powers doctrine which clearly instructs the legislature to refrain from influencing the judicial process, particularly pending legal cases.

Many Democrats rose to speak out against Proposition 8, even those from districts that clearly voted in favor of Proposition 8. “How arrogant for these lawmakers to express their personal opposition to Proposition 8 and try to persuade the court when their constituents voted in favor of traditional marriage,” stated Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute.

Assemblyman Van Tran eloquently pointed out that HR 5 is an attempt to “retroactively disenfranchise the votes of over 7 million voters” who passed Proposition 8. He explained that HR 5 is also an “illegal ex parte communication with the court.” Tran went on to chastise the Democrats for seeking to unduly influence the judicial review of Proposition 8 after the people had voted, and the legislature is politicizing the judicial process just a few days before the hearing.

Republican assemblymen Chuck DeVore, Ted Gaines, Joel Anderson, Steve Knight, Mike Villines and Dan Logue all rose to speak out against HR 5 and affirm the people’s right to pass Proposition 8.

Joel Anderson called on this fellow lawmakers to refrain from interpreting the law in the legislature, leaving that constitutional duty to the judicial branch.

[Written by Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute]