Judge overturns California's ban on same-sex marriage

Aug 4, 2010 | Posted by: Topix | Full story: www.cnn.com

A federal judge in California has knocked down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling Wednesday that the state's controversial Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

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“Vita e' Bella.”

Since: May 12

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#188202 Apr 11, 2013
Big D wrote:
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We already have Thor's day ( Thursday ) once a week, that is as much recognition as any other religion and more than most.
we need a Xemu holiday
Thor's day/Thursday if a federal holiday? Is Christ mass a federal holiday? Just curious.

“Vita e' Bella.”

Since: May 12

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#188203 Apr 11, 2013
veryvermilion wrote:
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You know why I won't stoop to answering the question "Why are there gay people?"
Uhhhhhhh.....I didn't ask that.
It implies that there must be something wrong-a question that need answering--a great mystery to unravel.
Did I say it was wrong? Just puzzling, that's all. Why is a woman who is sexually attracted to a women, attracted to a woman who has the appearence of, and mannerisms of a man, if she is not sexually attracted to men? I suppose the same question could be posed of gay men. No implication of wrong, or disrespect.

There was a show called "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", but no corresponding female version, like a "Butch Pal for the Straight Gal".......Oh boy...now you're gonna get all mad and say something about a "how people live their lives" or something like that.
The way I see it is if my attraction to me doesn't bother me, then why should it bother you? Why must you understand it?
Easy there VeeVee....it doesn't bother me. Are we not trying to understand each other, for straight people to understand and accept gay people? My wife and I were friends with a lesbian couple years ago, and I can tell you one of the women clearly had some masculine mannerisms, and thought processes. She had been with men, and even stated she liked "a sausage now and then". But there no mistaking she prefers innies to outies.
Why do some guys like blondes? Why do some women like guys with blue eyes? Why do I like cabbage but not kraut? Why do I love the color red, but hate the color navy blue?
Theses are minor chacteristics. Not apparent contradictions.
Do any of these questions require an answer for them to just be accepted?
There ya go again. They're just questions, no requirement necessary.
I, personally, can't understand why guys are attracted to women. I've never experienced it. I've never even had the slightest crush on a woman. It completely baffles me. I like women. I don't hate them. But I am not attracted to them in the least.
Never? Not even a crush on a teacher in school as grade school student?
However, I'm able to just accept that you like women and leave it at that.
Okaaaaaaaay....so you never asked male friends, relatives, coworkers, etc., of the straight persuation why they like women, or what is it about women that they like?
You need to do the same for homosexuality. Stop asking "why". Just accept that we are the way we are.
Easy now...you're taking this way too serious. Homosexuality is what it is, that is acceptance, or perhaps part of it.

“Vita e' Bella.”

Since: May 12

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#188204 Apr 11, 2013
KiMare wrote:
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VV never wins a debate, he bores you to death with gay twirl pontification.
Smirk.
They're just questions, no disrespect intended. Its a simple "why'. Why does the one woman of the lesbian couple wear a tuxedo on their wedding day? Do gay men wear wedding dresses? Maybe just Dennis Rodman.:)

“Vita e' Bella.”

Since: May 12

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#188205 Apr 11, 2013
Equality 4 all

http://www.unmarriedamerica.org/column-one/09...

Joyce and Sybil Burden keep pressing their case for equal rights.

The sisters, both in their eighties, feel they should be exempt from inheritance tax when once of them dies -- just like married couples and registered same-sex partners are under British law.

Joyce and Sybil never married. They jointly own the family home they have lived in all of their lives.

When one of them dies, the government will impose a hefty inheritance tax on the survivor. The tax is so substantial that it might force the survivor to sell the home in order to raise the necessary funds.

The British government provides no method for siblings to gain a tax exemption, no matter how interdependent they are or how long they have lived together. Close relatives are prohibited from entering into a civil partnership or marriage.

The sisters wrote to the British Chancellor before every Budget since 1976 asking for exemption for family members from inheritance tax.

Two years ago, Joyce and Sybil also wrote to the European Court of Human Rights. They were surprised when the court agreed to hear their case.

The sisters found a lawyer to represent them. He argued that the tax is discriminatory and violates the sisters' rights under the Human Rights Convention of the European Union.

After all, he pointed out, a surviving party in a marriage or a civil partnership would pay no tax at all. In contrast, Joyce or Sybil might have to sell their home in order to pay the tax after one of them dies.

Last year, a divided panel of judges ruled against them in a 4 to 3 vote.

Reacting to the court's decision, Joyce Burden told a British newspaper, "If we were lesbians, we would have all the rights in the world. But we are sisters, and it seems we have no rights at all."

So the sisters filed an appeal, asking for a rehearing by the court's Grand Chamber. A panel of 17 judges, from 17 different nations, heard the case on September 12. A decision may be handed down as early as December.

The lawyer representing the Burden sisters argued that the Civil Partnership Act of 2004 infringes on their right to own property and their right to be free from discrimination under the region's Human Rights Convention. Their relationship is more solid and longer lasting than most same-sex partnerships and yet, solely because they are blood related, the sisters are prevented from registering as civil partners.

An attempt to extend the exemption to close relatives who had lived together as adults for at least 12 years was overturned by the House of Commons when the Civil Partnership Bill was in debate.

The sisters are understandably angry. Joyce told a British newspaper that she would rather burn down the house than to have to sell it to pay taxes to the British government.

"They have taxed us all our lives," Joyce added, "and we have never claimed any benefits, apart from our pensions which we paid into."

Sybil also had a few choice words to say.

"We are looked down upon for being single," she told The Times. "We just want to be treated as equal citizens and given the rights we deserve."

Sybil pointed out that she and Joyce "saved the Government thousands by caring for our elderly sick relatives till they passed away and have never claimed a penny apart from the pension."

If they lose their case before the 17-member court, the battle will turn from legal to political.

"The whole issue of inheritance tax needs to be revisited so that relationships outside of marriage or civil partnership are recognized," said Neil Parish, a conservative member of Parliament. "Inheritance tax should only apply if property is passed down from one generation to the next, not between the same generation.

"Sybil and Joyce Burden deserve to have their 80 year partnership as sisters recognized by the law," he added. "I will lobby the government to change this grossly unfair law."



Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#188206 Apr 11, 2013
Pietro Armando wrote:
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They're just questions, no disrespect intended. Its a simple "why'. Why does the one woman of the lesbian couple wear a tuxedo on their wedding day? Do gay men wear wedding dresses? Maybe just Dennis Rodman.:)
your stereotypes are not true of all lesbians, Petey...

so what is up, ol' Pietro?

many women are attracted to very feminine looking women. many very masculine men are attracted to masculine men. and I have personally attended a wedding where they both wore wedding gowns.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#188207 Apr 11, 2013
So Petey...yo haven't given up on your quest for multiple wives, have you?

Since: Dec 09

Knoxville, TN

#188208 Apr 11, 2013
Pietro Armando wrote:
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Uhhhhhhh.....I didn't ask that.
<quoted text>
Did I say it was wrong? Just puzzling, that's all. Why is a woman who is sexually attracted to a women, attracted to a woman who has the appearence of, and mannerisms of a man, if she is not sexually attracted to men? I suppose the same question could be posed of gay men. No implication of wrong, or disrespect.
There was a show called "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", but no corresponding female version, like a "Butch Pal for the Straight Gal".......Oh boy...now you're gonna get all mad and say something about a "how people live their lives" or something like that.
<quoted text>
Easy there VeeVee....it doesn't bother me. Are we not trying to understand each other, for straight people to understand and accept gay people? My wife and I were friends with a lesbian couple years ago, and I can tell you one of the women clearly had some masculine mannerisms, and thought processes. She had been with men, and even stated she liked "a sausage now and then". But there no mistaking she prefers innies to outies.
<quoted text>
Theses are minor chacteristics. Not apparent contradictions.
<quoted text>
There ya go again. They're just questions, no requirement necessary.
<quoted text>
Never? Not even a crush on a teacher in school as grade school student?
<quoted text>
Okaaaaaaaay....so you never asked male friends, relatives, coworkers, etc., of the straight persuation why they like women, or what is it about women that they like?
<quoted text>
Easy now...you're taking this way too serious. Homosexuality is what it is, that is acceptance, or perhaps part of it.
Well, to answer your question, "Why do are some lesbians attracted to more masculine lesbians?"

I don't know. I honestly don't.

I've been around a lot of lesbians. But I've never thought it was my place to ask them the question.

I've looked at couples--straight couples and gay couples--and thought to myself, "What does he see in him?" But I would never ask.

I just assume that people know what they like and they have their own, personal reasons.

I'm much more apt to ask, "Why does he stay with him when he's so abusive?" or "Why does she stay with him when he treats her like a doormat?"

But if a couple seems content, I just leave it at that. I'm happy that they found someone who they like.

Since: Dec 09

Knoxville, TN

#188209 Apr 11, 2013
Pietro Armando wrote:
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They're just questions, no disrespect intended. Its a simple "why'. Why does the one woman of the lesbian couple wear a tuxedo on their wedding day? Do gay men wear wedding dresses? Maybe just Dennis Rodman.:)
I did a search on Google "Ask a Lesbian". I came across a Topix forum that was trying to get to the bottom of your question.

One response stood out:

"'m a femme lesbian with a butch girlfriend.
like many here have already said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. and it takes all kinds of people to make this world go around.
my "butch" girlfriend is attractive to me because she has confidence, a sense of humor, and compassion for others. no matter what her personal style, her personality would be the same. in fact, not that long ago she was a 'girly' lesbian.
and with clothes of any style, or completely naked, she is a beautiful woman that i love, honor, and respect.
i won't check this board again, so please send any feedback to leelan_m04@yahoo.com and i'd be happy to elaborate.:)
thanks, and i hope i helped!"

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Since she included her email, you should drop her a line.

The discussion took place in 2007, so she may not have the same email. But, there were responses as recently as March 2013

The Topix forum that discusses this issue can be found here http://www.topix.com/forum/news/sex/T8C109POF...

Go have a look and see what you find.

“KiMare'a the Monster Mutation”

Since: Nov 10

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#188210 Apr 11, 2013
Pietro Armando wrote:
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They're just questions, no disrespect intended. Its a simple "why'. Why does the one woman of the lesbian couple wear a tuxedo on their wedding day? Do gay men wear wedding dresses? Maybe just Dennis Rodman.:)
According to VV, there is no such thing as sexual orientation dysfunction...that he wants to hear about.

“KiMare'a the Monster Mutation”

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#188211 Apr 11, 2013
veryvermilion wrote:
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I did a search on Google "Ask a Lesbian". I came across a Topix forum that was trying to get to the bottom of your question.
One response stood out:
"'m a femme lesbian with a butch girlfriend.
like many here have already said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. and it takes all kinds of people to make this world go around.
my "butch" girlfriend is attractive to me because she has confidence, a sense of humor, and compassion for others. no matter what her personal style, her personality would be the same. in fact, not that long ago she was a 'girly' lesbian.
and with clothes of any style, or completely naked, she is a beautiful woman that i love, honor, and respect.
i won't check this board again, so please send any feedback to leelan_m04@yahoo.com and i'd be happy to elaborate.:)
thanks, and i hope i helped!"
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Since she included her email, you should drop her a line.
The discussion took place in 2007, so she may not have the same email. But, there were responses as recently as March 2013
The Topix forum that discusses this issue can be found here http://www.topix.com/forum/news/sex/T8C109POF...
Go have a look and see what you find.
I've got a better idea. Google butch lesbian forums.

Why does a lesbian dress and act like a man to attract another lesbian?

Because something is sexually broken. Almost a man connecting with barely a lesbian.
Frankie Rizzo

Union City, CA

#188212 Apr 11, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
So Petey...yo haven't given up on your quest for multiple wives, have you?
I cannot speak for Pietro, but I think that he like myself is not interested in a poly marriage, only in discussing it in relation to marriage equality.

Let me also state in advance that I am also not interested in marrying a goat, as "Big D" and others have insisted I must be since I mention poly marriage.
Frankie Rizzo

Union City, CA

#188213 Apr 11, 2013
Big D wrote:
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We already have Thor's day ( Thursday ) once a week, that is as much recognition as any other religion and more than most.
we need a Xemu holiday
God of most of the peoples of the world throughout history. BAD!!!!

"Xemu". GOOD!!!!

in Big D La La land.

“Vita e' Bella.”

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#188214 Apr 11, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>your stereotypes are not true of all lesbians, Petey...
so what is up, ol' Pietro?
many women are attracted to very feminine looking women. many very masculine men are attracted to masculine men. and I have personally attended a wedding where they both wore wedding gowns.
WOODY?! Is that you? Welcome back amico.

I know not all lesbians are like that.... Some are down right beautiful. My question was not to imply all were like that, same with gay men, just seeking an answer to puzzlement. That's all.

What of a wedding of two men? I don't I've seen pictures of one wearing a dress. You? Just askin'
Frankie Rizzo

Union City, CA

#188215 Apr 11, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>your stereotypes are not true of all lesbians, Petey...
so what is up, ol' Pietro?
many women are attracted to very feminine looking women. many very masculine men are attracted to masculine men. and I have personally attended a wedding where they both wore wedding gowns.
Two men married in wedding gowns? Oy. White?
Frankie Rizzo

Union City, CA

#188216 Apr 11, 2013
Caution. Tick season. Check yourself often.
Frankie Rizzo

Union City, CA

#188217 Apr 11, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>your stereotypes are not true of all lesbians, Petey...
so what is up, ol' Pietro?
many women are attracted to very feminine looking women. many very masculine men are attracted to masculine men. and I have personally attended a wedding where they both wore wedding gowns.
http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/

Since: Apr 11

North Hollywood, CA

#188218 Apr 11, 2013
KiMare wrote:
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I've got a better idea. Google butch lesbian forums.
Why does a lesbian dress and act like a man to attract another lesbian?
Because something is sexually broken. Almost a man connecting with barely a lesbian.
LOL! A monster talking about something being broken! Do you consider yourself human?

Fashion is purely cultural, stupid.

Since: Apr 11

North Hollywood, CA

#188219 Apr 11, 2013
KiMare wrote:
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Hence the difference between marriage and ss couples.
Smile.
Hey, monster, you have both sets of sex chromosomes, should you be allowed to marry at all?
:)

Since: Apr 11

North Hollywood, CA

#188220 Apr 11, 2013
Time for everybody to face the fact there just isn't a good, rational argument against gay marriage.
Frankie Rizzo

Union City, CA

#188221 Apr 11, 2013
Rose_NoHo wrote:
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LOL! A monster talking about something being broken! Do you consider yourself human?
Fashion is purely cultural, stupid.
An impartial, deep thinking poster has decided that Rose_NoHo's post above is "Brilliant" "Interesting" and "Helpful". Surely there will be more posters impressed enough to give it many favorable reviews.

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