Before Prop 8, the Porterville, CA city council voted for a resolution supporting the discriminatory initiative, the only city council in California to pass such a resolution.
And now they're at it again. Tonight, the city council hastily put together an agenda item proposing a resolution that would be a stand against Sen. Mark Leno's bill SB 54, which would clarify the rights of same-sex couples married before the passing of Prop 8 but who married outside California's borders. (See Sacramento Bee article on the bill.)
Cam Hamilton, the mayor of Porterville at the time before November's election, was a staunch opponent to recognizing marriage equality. A reader of Unite the Fight had an email exchange with the mayor when the council voted to support Prop 8, and in one email, he wrote, "...this is not a question of equality, this is a question of procreation and moral behavior. The debate never puts forth the facts of the degenerative act of homosexual activity."
LGBT and allied citizens of Porterville need your help IMMEDIATELY. Jamie Garza, Chair Porterville LGBTQ, Tulare County Chapter Leader Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) writes:
ACTION: "Since it is so last minute and we know some of you will not be able to make it tonight, we are asking that you please take the time to make a phone call or send an email to the following Council Members, urging them to pass a motion to postpone indefinately any matters in relation to same-sex marriage."
Pete McCracken, Mayor
Phone: 559 783-8151
Felipe A. Martinez, Council Member
Phone: 559 350-3003
Pedro Martinez, Council Member
More on Porterville, CA to come!