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California Family Council: Finally, thank you! As I said to a flood of reporters yesterday from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, hundreds of thousands of Californians worked to exhaustion for the cause of marriage in California, and the legal teams of Cooper & Kirk and the Alliance Defending Freedom gave every bit of themselves preparing legal strategy and argument for the various courts. This setback in a country’s court is very disappointing from our perspective, but God sees the end from the beginning, and we are asked to do no more, and no less, than to stand for His truths.
California Family Policy Council: This week we will focus on the six most egregious. Two of the bills were introduced earlier in the session and have been previously highlighted in This Week Inside the Capitol. Senate Bill (SB) 323, authored by Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), would trample on the rights of religious belief and free expression by yanking the tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations and private colleges that discriminate based on gender or sexual orientation.
Daily News: Students at El Camino Real Charter High School have to explain their feelings regarding same-sex marriage if they want to see a school production of “8.”
LifeNews: On Tuesday, SB 1338 was voted out of the Senate Public Safety Committee on a party line vote with Democrats approving and Republicans voting no. But, today, the measure to allow nurses to kill unborn children through vacuum-suction abortions has been stopped in a Democrat-controlled panel on a surprising vote.
California Family Council: SB 1338 would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and midwives to perform aspiration (suction) abortions in California Ca. Never before, until now, has any state purposed to decrease the standard of care for women in order to expand the practice of abortion.
Ron Prentice at California Family Council: Still, since the day after Prop 8 was passed on November 4, 2008, marriage’s meaning has been embroiled in courts of law. Three years later, the battle continues.
Rebecca Burgoyne at California Family Council: Parents currently have final authority to determine which vaccines their child receives, but it is getting more difficult. California law
Cal. Family Council: “Not every problem needs a law”: Left wing legislature places nearly 600 bills on governor’s desk
Rebecca Burgoyne at California Family Council: With Democrats firmly in control of the Legislature, the list of bills on the governor’s desk reads like a list of favors pandering to special interests.
Most troubling is Liu’s support of same-sex marriage and opposition to Proposition 8, which will be before the Court this fall. He was one of 59 legal professionals who signed a joint statement released by the No on 8 campaign during the initiative campaign, wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times following the election, and filed a friend-of-the-court brief backing the challenge to Proposition 8.
Rebecca Burgoyne writes for theCalifornia Family Council: “The United States is one of the top three destinations for traffickers who import 15,000-17,000 men, women, and children annually, mostly for forced prostitution and domestic labor.”
California Family Council: “Legislators in California have incrementally pursued special homosexual rights and curriculum in the schools, promoting the acceptance of behaviors unacceptable to many parents. New legislation – introduced December 13 – would require that children be taught the contributions of homosexuals in California and American history.”
Citizen Link: “This Proposition 8 case is bigger than California and bigger than the definition of marriage,” Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, told CBN News. “It not only affects the definition of marriage but also religious liberty and freedom of conscience.”
California Family Council: “Now, with boldness and power, millions of students plan to gather at their school flagpoles on September 22 – to PRAY for their schools, for their teachers, for classmates, and for their communities.” | SYATP website
California Family Council: “If nothing else, the decision has aroused the sleeping public with a new awareness of judicial activism – at a time when Californians are already reacting to the excesses of government, and nationwide a movement has begun to reassert “the people” into a government that seems to have forgotten its power is derived from the people. Read selected quotes from the Perry v. Schwarzenegger decision compiled by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).”
The California Family Council reports on a dangerous bill pending in the California legislature. “AB 2380 (Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) would allow “hearsay” statements to be included in the definition of “reasonable suspicion” in child abuse cases.”
California Family Council: “[SB 906] (Leno, D-San Francisco) makes several unnecessary changes to the state Family Code related to the definition of marriage by replacing the term ‘marriage’ with the phrase ‘civil marriage,’ attempting to create a new class of marriage. The bill includes language that sponsors assert will clarify that religious institutions would not be required to perform marriages that violate their religious tenets. However, despite Senator Leno’s and supporters’ claims, SB 906 is actually a direct assault against the more than 7 million voters that supported Proposition 8. Supporters have repeatedly stated that this bill is necessary to assist in their efforts to repeal Proposition 8 in a future election.”
“. . . the fact that Ashburn – as a homosexual – voted against the legalization of same-sex marriage does not suggest bigotry or homophobia. The issue is whether man-woman marriage serves the common good of children and society, and virtually all research affirms that it does . . . ”
California Family Council: “For instance, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced Senate Bill 906, which continues his effort to incrementally change the definition of marriage. SB 906 would create a new class of “civil” marriages in California, undermining the traditional definition of marriage. This measure will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.”
Black Christian News: “‘This deceptively-named bill is another attempt to confine the liberty argument to a very narrow area. ADF has religious liberty concerns that are far wider,’ Johnson told Baptist Press. ‘Leno’s bill is a Trojan horse that does nothing to protect religious institutions or other agencies of the church from being forced to violate their religious beliefs. In fact, it further restricts church liberty and independence by giving the government greater power to define the church and its mission.’”
Baptist Press: “Mike Johnson, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund — which opposes ‘gay marriage’ — said Leno’s bill avoids the real issues that have been raised by concerned Christians. ‘This deceptively-named bill is another attempt to confine the liberty argument to a very narrow area. ADF has religious liberty concerns that are far wider,’ Johnson told Baptist Press. ‘Leno’s bill is a Trojan horse that does nothing to protect religious institutions or other agencies of the church from being forced to violate their religious beliefs. In fact, it further restricts church liberty and independence by giving the government greater power to define the church and its mission.’”
Citizen Link (quoting Ron Prentice of the California Family Council): “Senate Bill 906 introduces a new term into California law, namely ‘civil marriage,’” he said. “It alters the term for marriage, and it actually may alter the definition of marriage.”
California Family Council: “A joint study by the LA Times and the University of Southern California claims that although a slim majority of 51% of Californians approve of homosexual marriage, a strong 60% of those polled oppose a ballot measure on marriage returning next year.”
California Family Council: “Sunday night, as the constitutional deadline for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign or veto bills approved by the Legislature approached, the governor signed two pro-homosexual bills into law that dishonor California families and voters; and does a disservice to students. Over the objections of tens of thousands Californians, Governor Schwarzenegger approved Senate Bills 54 and 572, authored by Senator Mark Leno, an homosexual San Francisco politician.”
LifeSiteNews: “Californians may have voted in November to amend their state constitution to define the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, but new legislation signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now requires California to validate and recognize same-sex “marriages” performed outside the state as either legal “marriage” or marriage-like ‘unions.’”
Christian Post: “‘California Family Council is disappointed that Governor Schwarzenegger has placed the interests of a specific group over the educational needs of students,’ the group expressed in a statement Monday. ‘SB 572 wrongly encourages schools to sacrifice students’ class time in order to appease special-interest groups.’”
California Family Council: “Today the California State Legislature sent Senate Bill 572, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature. SB 572 would require the governor of California to annually proclaim May 22asHarvey Milk Day to honor the first openly homosexual politician.”
The California Family Council also reports that the Cal. Assembly has approved SB 54 authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco): “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.’”
Exodus Mandate: Ray Moore of Exodus Mandate expressed his hearty agreement: “Dr. Morris Chapman’s clarion call for a major expansion of Christian elementary and secondary schools is an example of bold leadership, not only for the SBC, but for the entire Christian community. This could not have come at a more opportune moment when families are crying out for assistance with their children and churches are losing the next generation of youth to worldliness, humanism and post modernism due to public schooling. In the last several decades, Christian organizations and publishers have created excellent curriculum materials and online Christian education programs that will work for small or large churches as well as for home school families. Technology combined with good curriculum have made K-12 Christian education available to anyone anywhere anytime and at reasonable cost.”
Sacramento Bee: “Student leaders at American River College passed a resolution Thursday opposing today’s nationally organized demonstration in support of gay rights.”
The LA Times reports: Opponents of gay marriage made a pointed effort today to keep a low profile on the first full day of same-sex ceremonies. Ron Prentice, chairman of ProtectMarriage.com, wrote in an e-mail to supporters that they will …
“Gay couples cheer California high court ruling” http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0608/525854.html Associated Press The California Supreme Court’s announcement Wednesday cleared the final hurdle for same-sex couples in the nation’s most populous state to wed beginning June 17, when state officials have said counties …
The California Family Policy Council reports: Earlier this month, the Sacramento Public Library Authority (SPLA) board met to reconsider its policy on Internet access of pornography in the libraries.The board agreed to put the matter on a future agenda for …
Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Joe Infranco will lead a press conference Thursday when signed petitions from California voters in favor of a marriage amendment to the state constitution are submitted to the Sacramento County Office of the Registrar of Voters.
Assembly Bill 2943 (Lieber) was approved today by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the bill would make the ordinary practice of spanking a child by a parent a criminal act.
We at the California Family Council are very disappointed and puzzled to learn that the Governor would take a position contrary to his own actions where he repeatedly vetoed same-sex marriage legislation,” stated CFC’s Legislative Director Everett Rice.