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Even as gay-rights advocates in California spent the weekend celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the resumption of same-sex weddings in the state, activists and government experts across the political spectrum were raising concerns the ruling weakens the power of voters to make law through the state's ballot-initiative process.
Many questions linger in the post-Prop 8 decision world — and one is going to linger for a LONG time among conservatives: Why didn’t Guv Jerry Brown or Attorney General defend Prop 8 all the way to the Supreme Court?
Same-sex marriages in California resumed Friday when a federal appeals court lifted a hold on a 2010 injunction, sparking jubilation among gays and accusations of lawlessness from the supporters of Proposition 8. In a surprise action, a federal appeals court cleared the way, bypassing a normal waiting period and lifting a hold on a trial judge's order that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
Prominent filmmaker Lisa Ling will screen her new documentary, "God and Gays," in Culver City on Thursday evening. The screening comes as the Exodus International "gay conversion" therapy group prepares to shut its doors after renouncing its views, and the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue rulings this week on two matters concerning gay marriage.
Tonight, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is scheduled to present a repeat showing of Lisa Ling's documentary God & Gays, which followed the complete change of heart by Alan Chambers, president of Irvine-based Exodus International, to "gay conversion therapy." Ling hosts a private screening at Sony Pictures Theaters in Culver City with Darrell Steinberg, the California Senate president pro tem, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Redondo Beach), and CourageCampaign.org founder Rick Jacobs, who will dish on the film and the state of the LGBT movement after a pretty momentous couple of weeks.
Reaction to the Supreme Court's decisions Wednesday in two gay marriage cases:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) entertained on Saturday the idea of a discharge petition for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — but was skeptical the bill has the votes for passage in the U.S. House.
About 2,700 liberal bloggers, social-media mavens, petitioners, organizers and other online activists swarmed the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on Thursday for the first full day of their eighth annual convention, darting between seminars, panel discussions and exhibit halls.
Liberal activists pledged Thursday to put a measure on the ballot to overturn California's gay marriage ban if the Supreme Court does not throw out Proposition 8 in a decision expected next week.

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