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Judge On Rape Victim: The Female Body “Will Not Permit That To Happen… She Didn’t Put Up A Fight.”

Back in 2008, California Judge Derek Johnson was overseeing the case of a man who raped his ex-girlfriend and forced her to perform oral sex on him. This was the judge’s response.

"If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted… That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.”

Before raping his ex-girlfriend, the man in question had threatened to mutilate her face and genitals with a heated screwdriver, and ended up beating her with a metal baton. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for Johnson to be convinced.

Since the case came to light earlier this fall, Judge Johnson has been reprimanded for his atrocious comments. But that doesn’t change the fact that he claimed a women beaten, threatened and raped had essentially been “asking for it” – or the fact that he shaved ten years off her ex-boyfriend’s recommended sentence.

Please, join us in calling on the California Commission on Judicial Performance to do more than “admonish” Johnson for his unprofessionalism. This man has no right to preside again after his appalling lack of empathy and simple legal sense. Help get his bias out of our courtrooms — call on the CCJP to get him to step down, now!

CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE: To treat this 2008 rape case as Johnson did trivializes rape and makes victims of survivors. We call on the commission to urge Johnson to step down immediately.

Click here to sign — it just takes a second.

— The folks at


Demand punishment for boys in “Fantasy Slut League”


A “fantasy slut league” (…?!?!) has been going on for five years among high school boys in Piedmont, CA.

According to the principal, “Female students (unbeknownst to most of them) are drafted as part of the league…Male students earn points for documented engagement in sexual activities with female students.” x

But wait! It gets better! The superintendent decided not to give the guys involved so much as a detention, even though their harassment still presents a very real threat to every girl at the school. 

We’ve got 6,000 signatures. Tell Superintendent to actually punish the guys who participated in this “Fantasy Slut League”!

BREAKING: Judge orders Prop 8 case closed



Buzzfeed reports that the trial court judge in California who has taken over hearing the federal court case over Prop 8 has declared the case closed. Technically, this should allow same-sex couples to marry in California starting immediately. 

The order comes despite the fact that proponents of Proposition 8 have requested the Supreme Court to review the case because, Judge James Ware wrote today, all requests to stay the judgment in the case have been denied. The proponents made no request of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court to stay the case pending resolution by the Supreme Court.

It is not immediately clear what impact Ware’s order will have or whether the proponents of Proposition 8 will seek a stay of the order with a higher court.

Holy CRAP you guys, this is huge. If the Supreme Court refuses to take this case, this is over and we’ve won. HOLY CRAP. In the meantime, GO GET MARRIED IN CALIFORNIA! 



The Mojave Desert Can’t Water L.A.

From ThePetitionSite:

"Deserts are known for beautiful vistas, curious creatures and resilient plant life. What they’re not known for is water. That’s why it seems so crazy to me that the Interior Department is allowing a private developer to pump water out of Mojave Desert aquifers to feed Los Angeles and Orange Counties »

Water is a huge issue in California. No doubt, people need a clean source of drinking water in cities. But pumping water from under the Mojave Desert — especially without proper federal review of the plans — is not the smart answer »

Cadiz, Inc., the project’s developer, would aggressively pump the water reserves, potentially at rates higher than the aquifers can recharge, hurting groundwater reserves, worsening air pollution by creating dust and harming desert national parks.

A plan with this many possible consequences needs a careful review before it starts — but that’s just what developers don’t want. Tell Interior Secretary Salazar that you want better. Demand the the Interior Department do a real review of the project and act to protect our desert public lands »

Honor Valentine’s Day, lift the Prop 8 stay

From the Courage Campaign:

It’s Valentine’s Day. One week ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled the same in 2010. Yet same-sex couples still cannot get married in California. I know this because my partner of 41 years, Ed, died last December on the eve of yet another hearing in the trial. We never had the chance to get married.

This video is from his funeral. I know we’re not “supposed” to ask the courts for anything — that’s what the lawyers are for. But these judges all read the newspaper, they all watch TV, they listen to the radio. And I let this video be made because I hope they will see the suffering that is going on while this case drags on. That’s where I need your help.

Please watch this video about me and my partner Ed, and then sign in support of lifting the stay on the Prop 8 decision.

A “stay” is to prevent irreparable harm while a matter is being decided. The only irreparable harm is to people like Ed, who die before they can marry. So why the stay? Allowing same-sex couples to get married causes no irreparable harm to the people of California. By all means — resolve the Prop 8 case as it should be. But please allow people to have their dignity before it’s too late.


Derence Kernek, Palm Springs, CA”

Prop 8 and the New Religious Reality

Prop 8 is unconstitutional — here’s what’s next…

From GetEQUAL:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday on Proposition 8 — here’s what happened (and read to the end for a way to ask President Obama to share in our celebration!):

  • The court ruled that the proponents of Prop 8 (i.e. “the haters”) are legally permitted to defend the law in court, since none of California’s elected leaders would do so.
  • The court ruled that Judge Vaughn Walker *was* in fact qualified to rule in August 2010 that the law was unconstitutional — despite the fact that he is gay, which the haters claimed to bias his decision.
  • The court affirmed Judge Walker’s assertion that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
  • There is a “stay” in effect now that puts a hold on marriages until there’s forward movement in the case.

As a California resident and as a mother of two, I’m thrilled that the courts have once again affirmed the dignity and worth of my family. Because of judicial processes and appeals, we know that there will be many more steps before this case is finally put to rest — anti-equality lawyers will likely file appeals in this case, so we know there will be more work to do before all loving Californians — and eventually all loving Americans — have the freedom to marry.

So what are we going to do to get there?

Next week, on Valentine’s Day, we’re organizing actions at marriage counters across the country — encouraging folks to apply for the marriage licenses that we’re entitled to — and we will continue to organize and take action until we are fully and finally equal in the eyes of the law.

See a list of Valentine’s Day actions here and sign up to attend:

Let me be clear — marriage equality is not the end-all, be-all in the fight for LGBT equality. We all know that employment discrimination, immigration inequality, school bullying and so many other forms of legal and social discrimination continue to plague our community and need immediate, concrete solutions.

However, the marriage counter — usually housed at local county clerk’s offices — still stands as one of many physical and symbolic places of marriage discrimination and offers us an opportunity to highlight for non-LGBT Americans the depth of our passion for equality and a concrete reminder of the discrimination we continue to face each day.

There are actions happening across the country on Valentine’s Day — I hope you’ll sign-up to attend one near you. And if there isn’t an action near you, just sign up on the page below to let us know that you’d like to “own” your equality and organize something locally!

See the list and sign up here:

Get Out! Get Active! GetEQUAL!

Robin McGehee, Director

P.S. — On the heels of a great win yesterday, we’re not letting up the pressure on our friends to stand with us and share in this great moment. Want to ask President Obama to “evolve already”? Sign our petition here: .

P.P.S. — We’re going to keep organizing and keep taking action until every LGBT person in this country is fully equal. If you believe in bold and relentless organizing for equality, help us get resources to our organizers across the country by chipping in here: .”

Prop 8 Ruling Mass Post

From the Human Rights Campaign:

"My heart is pounding in my chest.

In a monumental decision today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Their move upholds a lower court’s decision that anti-gay bigotry was behind Prop. 8, the hateful law that denied gay and lesbian Californians the freedom to marry.

This fight is about people like Kristin and Sandy and Jeff and Paul – the two courageous plaintiff couples in this suit who have sacrificed so much to help bring about this victory.

I can’t think of anything more fitting at this moment than to show them our gratitude.

Will you take a moment to send Paul, Jeff, Kristin, and Sandy a quick thank-you note? Thank them for their inspiration, and ask them to keep fighting for all of us.

Prop. 8 does nothing to strengthen or protect any marriage. Instead, it singles out thousands of loving California families for different treatment, simply because they are gay and lesbian couples. The Ninth Circuit ruled on the right side of history by recognizing that our Constitution cannot tolerate such egregious discrimination.

Here’s what the Court said in its decision: Prop. 8 “served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationship and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

The path ahead may still be long, but this case has helped propel the fight for marriage equality forward. And as the struggle continues in courtrooms and statehouses, we’ll all know the power behind it is driven by devoted supporters like you.

Send a note to the plaintiff couples now. Tell them how much their courage means to you.

This monumental decision affirms what we all know to be true – our Constitution exists to protect the basic civil rights of all Americans – gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

The fight goes on, and I can’t thank you enough for being a part of this extraordinary movement.

I’m sending my note now,

Joe Solmonese

From the Courage Campaign:

Just now, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel released their decision ruling that Prop 8 is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

That means we are 2 for 2 in the courts. But we’re not done yet. Our opponents are certain to appeal today’s decision to the full 9th Circuit and/or the U.S. Supreme Court. This victory belongs to all of us and MUST be defended by all of us.

We need to raise $45,000 immediately to defend today’s decision even as the Supreme Court considers it. Can you make a tax-deductible contribution NOW so we can uphold today’s ruling?

Here’s what we’re up against: Prop 8 campaign leaders and right-wing fringe organizations like the National Organization for Marriage and Focus on the Family will stop at nothing to delegitimize this decision before it ever reaches the Supreme Court. In fact, they already have: they tried to get the courts to throw out Judge Walker’s decision just because he’s gay.

To prevent the right-wing from spouting the same lies that were debunked and destroyed in Judge Walker’s courtroom, we must translate today’s victory in court to victory in the hearts and minds of Americans. We would not be here without the bold leadership from Ted Olson, David Boies and the American Foundation for Equal Rights, but we have work to do ourselves. We can’t forget that the courts pay attention to public opinion. The more we continue to demonstrate that Americans support marriage equality, the more likely the courts are to rule in our favor.

That’s why we need to raise $45,000 to support our work moving the poll numbers. That’s why we collected nearly 140,000 signatures to televise the Prop 8 trial — a campaign cited in a dissenting opinion to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision against broadcast. That’s why we put Palm Springs’ Ed Watson and Derence Kernek on the cover of the Los Angeles Times, telling the world why their relationship over more than 40 years deserves to be recognized. That’s why we made our "Fidelity: Don’t Divorce Us!" video about California’s same-sex married couples the most-watched political video in California history. That’s why we launched — generating more than 4 million views and 150,000 comments as the #1 Google result for “Prop 8 trial” so undecided Americans find us. It’s why we’ve live-blogged the trial along with every hearing, brief and decision. And it’s why we need your support today.

Chip in to help meet our $45,000 goal to defend today’s decision across America as we take the next step towards the big stage — the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thank you for all you have done to make today’s victory possible. With your ongoing support, full equality will eventually be the law of the land.

Rick Jacobs

Chair and Founder, Courage Campaign Institute”

From Equality Illinois:

Just moments ago, a federal appeals court struck down California’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples (Proposition 8).

The inexorable march to full marriage equality achieved a significant milestone with the historic ruling that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. The court’s gratifying decision makes a clear statement that marriage equality is a fundamental freedom. This victory, if upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, will restore full marriage equality in California, the nation’s largest state, and add to the pressure in Illinois and elsewhere in the country to end marriage discrimination. In addition to the dignity and respect marriage equality grants loving and committed couples, it ensures security and critical safety net protections for all married couples and their families. 

While we support the implementation of civil unions in Illinois in 2011, it still falls short of achieving full marriage equality on the state level and does little to guarantee the federal rights and privileges that marriage provides opposite-sex couples. With this ruling, political leaders who support full equality will have important arguments to share with state legislators who will inevitably be asked to vote on full marriage rights in the future. 

Lawmakers need not wait for the ultimate disposition of the California case and other legal rulings to do the right thing in Springfield and Washington, D.C. to end marriage discrimination. 

We will continue to fight for equality on every level and could not do it without YOU. Thank you!

Very truly yours,

Bernard Cherkasov
Chief Executive Officer”

From the NOH8 Campaign: 9th Circuit Court Rules Prop 8 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

From Freedom to Marry:

"Moments ago the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. This is a huge win for freedom to marry supporters in California and continues the growing momentum for the freedom to marry nationwide.

We congratulate our colleagues at the American Foundation for Equal Rights, who filed this lawsuit. With this case and others possibly making their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, we must create the climate that empowers judges and politicians to do the right thing, maximizing our chances of winning.

Will you join Freedom to Marry in doubling down on the work?

The clock is ticking, and each day we must work to grow the majority for marriage, win more states, and end federal discrimination — the Roadmap to Victory. With your help, Freedom to Marry will make as strong a case in the court of public opinion as our legal advocates are making in the courts of law.

Join us in making the case by making a contribution today of $250, $100, $50 or $25. Your investment in our campaign is clearly making a difference — to families, to our communities and to our country.

Donate now to help Freedom to Marry end marriage discrimination nationwide once and for all:

Thanks for all you do,

Evan Wolfson
Founder and President, Freedom to Marry”

Immigrant denied kidney transplant


"Jesus Navarro could die without a kidney transplant.His wife is a match, she wants to donate her kidney to save her husband’s life, and Jesus even has health insurance to cover the transplant. 

But because Jesus is undocumented, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center is refusing to perform surgery, essentially leaving Jesus to die.

Donald Kagan understands what Jesus is going through better than most. Donald immigrated from Nicaragua, and he needed (and received) a kidney transplant that saved his life. Donald is now a partner at a technology firm in Berkeley, CA — and he has offered to pay Jesus’s post-surgery medical bills. But UCSF Medical Center still says no.

Donald thinks it’s unconscionable that UCSF Medical Center would deny Jesus medical treatment even though Jesus already has a willing kidney donor, insurance to pay for his surgery, and a benefactor to pay for his follow-up care. So Donald started a petition on asking UCSF Medical Center administrators to allow Jesus to get the kidney transplant that could save his life. Click here to sign Donald’s petition right now.

When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, one of the things they swear is that, “I will remember that I remain a member of society with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.” The administrators at UCSF Medical Center are forgoing their obligations as caregivers only because Jesus is undocumented.

After waiting for years for this surgery, Jesus was devastated to learn that it still might not happen. ”He’s afraid he might die,” Jesus’s sister told NBC News. “He might not see his daughter grow up.”

The UCSF Medical Center administrators don’t want a public relations disaster on their hands — but that’s exactly what they’ll have if thousands of people sign Donald’s petition and they still refuse to provide Jesus with the surgery that could save his life. 

Click here to sign Donald’s petition demanding that UCSF Medical Center allow Jesus Navarro to receive his wife’s kidney and save his life — a surgery that Donald himself will pay for.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Jackie and the team”

Call to Arms.

Irrefutable Proof of a Political/Corporate conflict of interest leading to corruption, related to the media industry, in regards to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.

Campaign Funding Received from PIPA Sponsors (as of January 1 2012):

    Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] $864,265 

    Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] $665,420 

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY] $556,525 

    Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] $544,424 

    Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT] $416,250 (head sponsor of pipa)

    Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO] $347,406 

    Sen. Roy Blunt [R, MO] $341,700 

    Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH] $337,525 

    Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] $275,950 

    Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA] $272,750 

        Total Bribe Money: $4,622,215

Campaign Funding Received from SOPA Sponsors (as of January 1 2012):

    Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] $3,502,624 

    Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] $2,648,770 

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY] $2,080,651 

    Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] $1,431,843 

    Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] $1,364,872 

    Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH] $1,363,009 

    Sen. Patrick Toomey [R, PA] $1,291,744 

    Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO] $1,019,172 

    Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL] $911,296 

    Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT] $905,310

Total Bribe Money: $16,519,291

The RIAA, MPAA, the big six media conglomerates (General Electric Holdings, the Walt Disney Corporation, the News Corporation, the AOL-Time Warner Corporation, Viacom Holdings, and CBS Corporation), Nintendo Corporation, Sony Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, and Electronic Arts Corporation have spent over twenty million dollars to censor the internet to “defeat piracy” with two bills that would do nothing to curb the tide of file sharing.

The above listed corporations have spent $21,141,506 to bribe the above listed politicians to perpetuate market-level monopolies. The above listed corporations are doing this so their multimillionaire executives and directors can continue pulling multimillionaire-level salaries while their industry changes.

The above listed politicians continue to take the money to ensure their re-election and to continue to live several times better lives than the common man.

The only way to keep the freedom of speech free is to remove these politicians from office and remove these corporations from power.