NO on Justice Carol Corrigan

It is the club’s position that we ask you to vote NO on Associate Justice Carol Corrigan’s retention to the California Supreme Court.

Here is why this is important:

In 2000, Prop 22 passed defining marriage in California as between one man and one woman.

In 2006, thanks to the leadership and boldness of then-Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom and the LGBT community that ended up in the courts. A trial court threw out the gender requirements, and then a series of cases went to the California Supreme Court which condensed and approved to be heard in what they called “In re Marriage Cases.” In a 4-3 ruling, Carol Corrigan issued a dissent saying she supported marriage equality, but that it should be decided by proposition.

Nope, not good enough Justice Corrigan.

The 4-3 decision temporarily legalized marriage equality in California (no thanks to Justice Corrigan) and 18,000 couples got married.

Then, Prop 8 happened.

Justice Corrigan ruled in favor of sustaining Prop 8 as the law of the land in Strauss v. Horton.

That’s strike 2, Justice Corrigan.

Then, someone wrongfully outed her as a member of the LGBT community. Now… that’s a messed up thing to do to anyone. Shame on whoever did that.

Regardless, and irrespective of that fact, she voted twice against marriage equality and she took a misguided position in the second case which eventually took the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn in 2015.

As a result of her legal rulings against the civil rights of the LGBT community — her own community — I believe this is cause to not retain her as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Sadly, if Justice Corrigan is retained, she will be re-elected to another 12-year term. That means she won’t be back up for a retention election until 2030!

If she is defeated, it is likely that our new Governor will appoint a successor.