Thursday, August 5, 2010

District Court Smacks Down Prop 8

Sometimes a story comes along which is so huge, it compels me to break the subject matter of this blog and talk about it.

Yesterday a Federal Judge struck down Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, a state constitutional amendment that passed in 2008 with 52% of the vote. Judge Vaugn R. Walker's ruling concluded that the ban violated the Federal Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws. The decision will be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and possibly to the Supreme Court of the United States.

This is a huge victory for everyone in the LGBT community and for everyone who celebrates a more free and tolerant society. Make no mistake, equal rights for sexual minorities is the civil rights issue of our time, equivalent in significance to the epic struggle for equal rights for "racial" minorities.

Notice that the California Constitution can be amended with a simple majority vote of the people. That makes it far too easy, and bad legislation like Prop 8 will continue to plague us until we get this fixed.

Congratulations! This is a great day!

1 comment:

  1. One step towards feeling less ashamed to call myself a Californian.

    Also sad- current polling indicates that, were the Prop 8 vote held today, it'd go down. What a difference two years makes.