A Progressive Alamedan

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

An interesting case against Justice McGuiness, on our ballot

I usually "punt" when I get to the part of the ballot with the judges. However, there's a website/blog set up that makes a compelling case to vote NO for McGuinness, in our district 1 which includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma counties.

...Justice McGuiness wrote an equally discriminatory court decision denying same sex couples the right to marry. Justice McGuiness wrote that “By maintaining the traditional definition of marriage while simultaneously granting legal recognition and expanded rights to same-sex relationships, the Legislature has struck a careful balance to satisfy the diverse needs and desires of Californians.” In other words, Justice McGuiness resurrected the unconstitutional concept of “separate but equal” and uses that concept to discriminate against same sex couples.

On November 7th, if you live in the First District**, you have a rare opportunity to tell Justice McGuiness what you think of his recent decision. Justices stand for election only once every 12 years. I urge you to send a strong message to Justice McGuiness. The year is 2006, not 1896. We have learned our lesson that separate is never equal and our Constitution mandates that courts protect minorities from discrimination.

Vote No on Justice William McGuiness for the First District Court of Appeal. Show him that authoring discriminatory court decisions have consequences.


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