WBEZ | Proposition 8 http://www.wbez.org/tags/proposition-8 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Pride Parade crowd tops 1 million http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pride-parade-crowd-tops-1-million-107906 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/PrideParade2013.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago police say more than 1 million participated in the Chicago&#39;s Pride Parade.</p><p>The number is a big spike from last year&#39;s roughly 850,000. Organizers said the Supreme Court&#39;s recent decisions energized people and pleasant weather during the day helped.</p><p>A coalition of supporters known as Illinois Unites for Marriage had promised a diverse, statewide group at the event.</p><p>The annual Pride Parade took place Sunday on the city&rsquo;s North Side.</p><p>It kicked off at noon on Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street, eventually winding its way down to Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side.</p><p>The Illinois Senate approved legislation in February that would legalize same-sex marriage. But the House adjourned last month without voting on the measure, after sponsor Rep. Greg Harris said he didn&#39;t have the votes for it to pass.</p><p>But most attendees didn&rsquo;t have politics on their mind as they danced and celebrated pride for the gay community.</p><p>State politicians made an appearance despite the fact that they didn&rsquo;t call the same sex marriage bill up for a vote in the Illinois House just a few weeks ago.</p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn made his way down the parade route and even though he&rsquo;s expressed his support for same sex marriage, riled up a few people in the crowd.</p><p>Erin Dunmoore from Will County said she felt like he and others were pandering to the crowd.</p><p>&ldquo;They are talking the talk but not doing what counts, so that&rsquo;s disappointing.&rdquo;</p><p>Some people in attendance were there for the first time.</p><p>Karen Enciso came from Mexico and said she was quite impressed with the turnout.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m straight, but we are individuals, there has to be no difference. Sexuality is a decision and everyone has to be free for that.&rdquo;</p><p>Alexander Roi, who has attended the parade for the last 17 years, said Illinois needs to step up and move towards equality for all.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody else is going to be doing it. It&rsquo;s about taxes, it&rsquo;s about rights, it&rsquo;s about everything equal for everyone.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Mariam Sobh is the midday and weekend news anchor at WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/mariamsobh" target="_blank">@mariamsobh</a>. The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pride-parade-crowd-tops-1-million-107906 Proposition 8 likely headed to the Supreme Court http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-02-08/proposition-8-likely-headed-supreme-court-96211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-08/6840580107_9aa8e2c43a.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-08/6840580107_9aa8e2c43a.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 421px;" title="Gay rights advocates march in West Hollywood, LA in celebration of the reversal of Proposition 8. (Flickr/Charlie Kaijo)"></p><p>Same sex marriage is on the way to the <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/gay-marriage-divide-evident-even-among-judges-in-proposition-8-case.html">Supreme Court</a>, thanks to California’s 9th Circuit Court. The <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/feb/08/conservative-leaning-supreme-court-gay-marriage?newsfeed=true">ruling</a>, though, is super narrow -- it’s unlikely to create a federal right to same sex marriage. More likely, it’s going to allow states to continue the march toward same sex marriage equality and to create greater barriers to referendums rescinding legislature-approved same sex marriage laws. (The majority, by the way, makes explicit appeals to swing Justice Stevens while the dissenting judge clearly aims at Justice Scalia in his opinion.)</p><p>But the best, best part of the ruling is the straight forward, no nonsense way the majority opinion slashes through the arguments against same sex marriage to assert that, fundamentally, Prop 8 was designed to hurt a particular group of people.</p><p>Here are some words of wisdom straight from the majority opinion:</p><p><em>“Proposition 8 serves no purpose and has no effect other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”</em></p><p><em>“Proposition 8 operates with no apparent purpose but to impose on gays and lesbians, through the public law, a majority’s private disapproval of them and their relationships, by taking away from them the official designation of ‘marriage,’ with its societally recognized status. Proposition 8 therefore violates the Equal Protection Clause.”</em></p><p><em>“It is implausible to think that denying two men or two women the right to call themselves married could somehow bolster the stability of families headed by one man and one woman.”</em></p><p><em>"We do not celebrate when two people merge their bank accounts; we celebrate when a couple marries."</em></p><p>The dissent from N. Randy Smith is pretty spectacular for its leaning on views of marriage as the support beam of procreation. He writes:</p><p><em>“The family structure of two committed biological parents -– one man and one woman -– is the optimal partnership for raising children.”</em></p><p>He argues that marriage between one man and one woman “preserves the fundamental and historical purpose of marriage.”</p><p>Just a bit of irony from the sitting Mormon judge on the 9th district.</p><p>For a look at the decision its entirety, click <a href="http://documents.latimes.com/proposition-8-gay-marriage-unconstitutional/">here</a>.</p></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-02-08/proposition-8-likely-headed-supreme-court-96211