Category: Judicial

Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs files FPPC complaint against Andy Pugno, Assembly candidate and counsel for Protect Marriage

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign, filed complaints today with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General’s office against Andy Pugno, General Counsel to the organization Protect Marriage and Republican candidate for State Assembly. The complaint alleges Mr. Pugno misused public funds in violation of the state Political Reform Act while a staffer for State Senator Pete Knight in support of a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, which was eventually approved at the November 2000 election as Proposition 22.


With the Proposition 8 trial going on hiatus until Judge Walker determines date for closing arguments, Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign Institute, released the following statement:

“This trial is a historic marker in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The Courage Campaign was proud to stand witness to the proceedings providing real-time blogging that attracted more than 1.4 million views and we will continue to track the trial through closing arguments and Judge Walker’s final ruling.

Witness admits “official discrimination” of federal anti-gay laws

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign Institute, released the following statement in response to Proposition 8 defense witness and supporter Prof. Kenneth Miller’s acknowledgment that the “Defense of Marriage Act” and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” both constitute “official discrimination” against gays and lesbians. Miller is currently being cross-examined by attorney David Boies, representing the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 trial:

Explosive evidence exposes Prop 8 campaign as trial nears dramatic close

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign Institute, issued the following statement on the Prop 8 campaign videos and documents introduced into evidence this morning in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial. The new evidence shows how the Prop 8 campaign tried to link marriage equality to incest, bestiality, pedophilia and polygamy:

Statement on Supreme Court ruling to indefinitely block cameras and YouTube broadcasts of Proposition 8 federal trial

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the 700,000-member Courage Campaign, released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to indefinitely block cameras from covering the Prop 8 trial: