Wednesday, August 4, 2010

400-408Ron Prentice, Executive Director of the California Family Council (, and a marriage and family counselor, on today's ruling.


SACRAMENTO - Andy Pugno, general counsel for, the official proponents of Proposition 8, released the following statement today in response to the ruling of U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case:

"Today's ruling is clearly a disappointment. The judge's invalidation of the votes of over seven million Californians runs contrary to legal precedent and the notion of states' rights. But this is not the end of our fight to uphold the will of the people for traditional marriage, as we now begin an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"It is disturbing that the trial court, in order to strike down Prop 8, has literally accused the majority of California voters of having ill and discriminatory intent when casting their votes for Prop 8.

"But the reality is that Prop 8 was simply about restoring and strengthening the traditional definition of marriage as the unique relationship of a man and a woman, for the benefit of children, families and society.

"At trial we built a solid record to show that marriage has served as the foundation of the family and society as a whole, has universal functions and features attributable only to unions between a man and woman, has been defined in both law and language as a union between a man and a woman, and acts as the predominate relationship in which to create and support children.

"We are confident that the trial court record we built will help us ultimately prevail on appeal and reverse today's ruling.

"Reversing today's decision will also serve as a reminder that the role of the courts is to interpret and apply the law only as enacted by the people and their elected representatives, not to impose new social policies.

"And federal precedent is clear that there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage. To prevail in the end, our opponents have a very difficult task of convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to abandon precedent and declare a new constitutional right."

• SFGate (2/10/2010) Judge being gay a nonissue during Prop. 8 trial.

• Yahoo News (8/4/2010) Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban.

• Gerard Bradley (8/4/2010) Why Has Media Ignored Judge's Possible Bias In California's Gay Marriage Case?  Gerard V. Bradley is a Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

// The neglected bias in the Prop. 8 trial has instead to do with the fact that – as reported in The Los Angeles Times last month – Judge Walker "attends bar functions with a companion, a physician." 

If (as The Times suggests) Judge Walker is in a stable same-sex relationship, then he might wish or even expect to wed should same-sex marriage become legally available in California. 

This raises an important and serious question about his fitness to preside over the case. Yet it is a question that received almost no attention.

When a judge is obliged to withdraw from a case due to a conflicting interest we call it "recusal." 

Federal law requires that, whenever a judge knows that he has "any other interest [ that is, besides a financial interest] that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding" at hand, or when "his impartiality might reasonably be questioned", he must recuse himself. //

413-423Ron Prentice


443-452Dr. James Dobson, host of Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson ( heard on over 600 outlets across the country, and here in Los Angeles weekday mornings at 10:00am here on KKLA!  His daily co-hosts are Luanne Crane and his son Ryan Dobson.  He's (finally!) out with his latest book entitled Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women.  Dr. Dobson will also be a special guest at this year's Harvest Crusade this coming Sunday night.  Today we talk about Judge Vaughn Walker striking down Prop 8 as unconstitutional.

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544-554 Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (, and co-author with Bishop Harry Jackson of Personal Faith: Public Policy, on today's ruling by Judge Vaughn Walker that strikes down Prop 8 as unconstitutional.

• Tony Perkins, FRC, (8/4/2010) FRC Criticizes Court Ruling, Warns against the Roe v. Wade of Same-Sex 'Marriage' August 04, 2010.

"This lawsuit, should it be upheld on appeal and in the Supreme Court, would become the 'Roe v. Wade' of same-sex 'marriage,' overturning the marriage laws of 45 states. As with abortion, the Supreme Court's involvement would only make the issue more volatile. It's time for the far Left to stop insisting that judges redefine our most fundamental social institution and using liberal courts to obtain a political goal they cannot obtain at the ballot box.

"Marriage is recognized as a public institution, rather than a purely private one, because of its role in bringing together men and women for the reproduction of the human race and keeping them together to raise the children produced by their union. The fact that homosexuals prefer not to enter into marriages as historically defined does not give them a right to change the definition of what a 'marriage' is.

"Marriage as the union between one man and one woman has been the universally-recognized understanding of marriage not only since America's founding but for millennia.  To hold that the Founders created a constitutional right that none of them could even have conceived of is, quite simply, wrong.

"FRC has always fought to protect marriage in America and will continue to do so by working with our allies to appeal this dangerous decision. Even if this decision is upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals-the most liberal appeals court in America-Family Research Council is confident that we can help win this case before the U.S. Supreme Court."



628-638 Lou Engle, co-founder of The Call (, a movement to gather young adults to pray and fast for breakthrough and revival, is coming to Sacramento September 3rd and 4th, for info visit


• Yahoo News (8/4/2010) Ahmadinejad unhurt after motorcade explosion.

• STLToday(8/4/2010) Prop C passes overwhelmingly.

• Yahoo News (8/4/2010) Iran claims to have S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.

• CNS News (8/3/2010) Pelosi Won't Say When Jesus Got the Right to Life.

(3:12) Pelosi. Right to Life (CNS News, Eric Scheiner reporting @ 8/3/2010)

(1:17) Pelosi 1. (Nancy Pelosi @ 5/6/2010).  On May 6 of this year, at a Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi said: "They ask me all the time, 'What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?' And one time, 'What is your favorite word?' And I said, 'My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word."  "And that Word," Pelosi said, "is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn't it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word." "Fill it in with anything you want," she said. "But, of course, we know it means: 'The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.' And that's the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we're prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up."

(:30) Pelosi 2 (7/29/2010).  At her July 29 press briefing, asked Speaker Pelosi: "You said at a recent Catholic Community Conference that your favorite word was 'The Word, as in the word made flesh,' and that we need to quote, 'give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the Word.' So, when was the Word made flesh? Was it at the Annunciation, when Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Sprit, as the Creed says, or was it at the Nativity when he was born of the Virgin Mary? And when did the Word get the right to life?"  Speaker Pelosi responded: "Whenever it was, we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that's where I'd like to talk about that."