Tuesday, May 26, 2009

California high court upholds Prop 8

The Califonia Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, which amended the state consitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

...[W]e conclude that each of the state constitutional challenges to Proposition 8 advanced by petitioners and the Attorney General lacks merit. Having been approved by a majority of the voters at the November 4, 2008 election, the initiative measure lawfully amends the California Constitution to include the new provision as article I, section 7.5.

However, the court said the marriages of approximetly 18,000 same-sex couples shall remain valid.

Applying well-established legal principles pertinent to the question whether a constitutional provision should be interpreted to apply prospectively or retroactively, we conclude that the new section cannot properly be interpreted to apply retroactively. Accordingly, the marriages of same-sex couples performed prior to the effective date of Proposition 8 remain valid and must continue to be recognized in this state.

Proponents of equal marriage rights will rally at 5:30 PM at Westlake to protest the decision.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Taking Back Sunday in this week's Seattle Gay News

Major label rockers Taking Back Sunday are the musical guest in this week's edition of Seattle Gay News, currently in bars, coffeeshops, bookstores, and other establishments around the Puget Sound.

Bassist Matt Rubano phoned in from the road, as the band makes their way to Seattle on May 29 (www.showboxonline.com). Get an inside scoop on the quintet's upcoming album, New Again, and find out what Rubano likes to cook in his very own Big Apple pad.

To read the Taking Back Sunday interview, grab a copy of Seattle Gay News at your favorite drinking spot or coffee house or visit www.sgn.org (Arts & Entertainment section).

Monday, May 11, 2009

Taylor Hicks in this week's Seattle Gay News

American Idol champ and current Grease star Taylor Hicks speaks one-on-one with Seattle Gay News in the May 8 issue, available at many local bars, restaurants, coffeehouses, and Bailey Coy book store on Capitol Hill.

The season five winner of America's most popular reality competition program is en route to Seattle for a three-week run of Grease at the 5th Avenue Theater. In addition, he'll give a one night solo performance at The Triple Door on May 27.

Grab a copy of this week's Seattle Gay News, or look for it online, and get to know the "Soul Patrol" man himself, Taylor Hicks.