Prop 8 Trial: Call to Action

Have you heard about the Prop 8 trial starting on Monday?

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who will be overseeing a federal court challenge to Prop 8 starting January 11, is considering whether or not to open the court room to TV cameras. The court just announced that it is seeking public comment on the proposal to televise the trial and that all comments must be submitted to the court by a 9am, Friday, January 8 deadline.

Those of us who want to see Prop 8 overturned have this remarkable chance to make our voices heard by calling for the trial to be televised in the interest of transparency and accountability. The Courage Campaign Institute, one of the principle organizations working to overturn Prop 8, is teaming up with CREDO Action to collect as many signatures as possible asking Judge Walker to televise the case.

carl-matthes.jpgTo support televising the proceedings, visit:

If you are on Facebook click here to post the link to your profile:

Or if you are on Twitter please tweet the following: RT @CourageCampaignUrgent: sign the letter to Judge Walker. Tell him to televise the Prop 8 trial

Signatures and comments will be hand delivered to Judge Walker at the court house. The other side, the Mormon and Catholic churches, et al, is feverishly gathering comments of their own urging the judge to close off the trial. They do not want the proceedings televised. We need to submit as many letters of our own as we can. Your help is vital.

Carl Matthes

About Carl Matthes

Carl Matthes is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in Eagle Rock for 45 years. He is the current president of UGLA, Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance, a grassroots organization in Northeast Los Angeles which provides a support system for gay men and lesbians and education for individuals and the community-at-large on the true nature of homosexuality. He is a former columnist and a current advisor to the Lesbian News, the oldest lesbian publication in America, which is owned and published by his sister, Ella. He was editor of the GLAAD/LA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) newsletter, a former GLAAD National Board member and served as a GLAAD/LA representative on the LGBT/LAPD Advisory Board. Carl has also been a Board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

In July, 2008, Carl was legally married to Carl Johnson, his partner of 45 years, by Los Angels City Councilmember Jose Huizar. It was a unique gay/lesbian double ceremony as Carl's sister Ella and her partner Gladi were also married by Jose.


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