(Nov. 5, 2008) This is a sad day for all Californians. The people of our state apparently voted in favor of discrimination, repealing a specific minority’s civil rights in yesterday’s election.
The Yes on Proposition 8 movement, primarily funded and staffed by out-of-state religious zealots, has been able to take away fundamental rights enumerated in the State Constitution.
Proposition 8 has never been about restoring the traditional definition of marriage. Instead, it strips a right from law-abiding, tax-paying, gay and lesbian couples. And contrary to the statements of the Yes on 8 supporters, domestic partnerships do not and have not enjoyed the same legal rights as married spouses.
Supporters of Proposition 8 said today that the constitutional amendment “takes effect at midnight tonight. Just as it was before the Supreme Court’s ruling, only marriage between a man and a woman will be valid or recognized in California, regardless of when or where performed.” We can only hope and work towards the goal that the courts protect the thousands of gay and lesbian marriages already performed.
This has been a hard-fought campaign but this is not the end.
The San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club asks you to stand with us and work to erase legalized discrimination, whether it occurs in employment, housing, marriage rights, or on the rugby pitch.
The San Francisco Fog Men kicked off their pre-season with a match against the San Jose Silverhawks on Saturday, October 25 in San Jose, CA. The match was held in honor and memory of the late Mike Sammon, a long time member of the Seahawk rugby family and fixture in the South Bay rugby community for 26 years who passed away in 2006. Both experienced and new ruggers from the Fog played tremendous rugby, with the Silverhawks emerging as victors of the match by a final score of 45 to 25.
On Friday, October 24, come out to The LookOut Bar at 3600 16th Street in the exciting Castro district to enjoy all the Budweiser beer you can drink from 6pm to 9:30pm for only 8 dollars!
The Fog will also be selling clothing merchandise (including t-shirts and hats) and holding a raffle with exciting prizes throughout the evening! And the Fog will be showing video highlights of their matches throughout the last season as seen on their FogTV YouTube channel on their big screen TVs!
And did we mention there will be LOTS of rugby players to hang out with? Come on out, unwind after a hard work week, and enjoy a beer with us!
The San Francisco Fog Women’s Side are traveling to Reno, Nevada for the 2nd Annual Biggest Little Rugby Tournament in the World, an all-day event hosted by the Zephyrs Reno Rugby Club on Saturday, October 18, 2008. The Lady Fog will compete in the women’s bracket of this tournament against other clubs such as the Chico Wildcats, UNR Women’s, Sacramento Amazons, Davis DoubleDeckers and the Salt City Slugs.
Come out to Reno to support on the Fog if you can, or cheer them on from back home! Roll Fog Roll!
Place: Mira Loma Park, Reno, NV
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2008
Time: All Day
(15 Oct 2008) Fog Rugby this week is celebrating its eighth anniversary of founding as the nation’s preeminent rugby club geared toward those traditionally under-represented in the sport.
The San Francisco Fog RFC was officially founded by Derrick Mickle, Cameron Geddes and Bryce Eberhart eight years ago on October 14, 2000, as the nation’s second gay-friendly rugby club (after the Washington DC Renegades). Nine players attended the first organized practice.
Fog Rugby is well known due in part to Mark Bingham, an early member of the club, who was aboard United flight 93 when it crashed in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Fog honored his life by creating the biennial Bingham Cup® rugby tournament, the international championship event for gay and gay-friendly teams.
The Fog has won the Bingham Cup® tournament twice, in 2002 and 2004. It has also introduced the sport to hundreds of newcomers through its developmental team, and has fielded a successful women’s side since 2006.
More information about the club’s first four years can be found in the history section of our website.
The San Francisco Fog Men’s Sides (both competitive and developmental) officially begin training for their upcoming season on Tuesday, October 21. Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday evening of each week from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Fog’s home pitch on Treasure Island. These sessions are primarily for the men’s side but are open to all. Most Saturdays (except for holidays) are filled with rugby matches.
Whether you are new to the game of rugby or have played this exciting sport for years, now is the time to start training with the Fog!
Place: Treasure Island on the corner of Avenue D & 9th Street
Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
The San Francisco Fog Women faced off against the ORSU Rugby women’s team in another Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union women’s division match. Going up against the national sweet 16 finalists from last year, the Lady Fog held their own ground and continued to play technically-sound and spirited rugby.
The San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club achieved unprecedented success within the weekend of October 4-5, organizing the Fall Rugby 101 Clinic, hosting two home matches with the Lady Fog and participating in the Castro Street Fair by running three booths (two beverage, one recruiting).
Thank you to everyone that helped make this weekend an outstanding one!
RUGBY 101 CLINIC, TWO WOMEN MATCHES AND CASTRO STREET FAIR!
The San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club is invading the city this upcoming weekend of October 4-5, 2008 with four exciting rugby events!
Want a taste of Fog Rugby? Check out what we’re doing!