Just received the great news about the U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruling that CA Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Thrilling news even if it is only the start of an appeals process that will likely end up in the Supreme Court. The ruling is a step, a very good and encouraging step.
As you have seen during your lifetime, the court system is one means of change. Laws are not always followed and loopholes abound, but maybe they set a direction, even if at first a dim light shining the way.
As I’ve sent texts, received calls, skimmed the New York Times news alert, and checked twitter, here are some comments that capture the moment.
“Hot damn, can you fucking believe it? (scream)” -Jenn
“It’s a long road with some really good spots on it. Whoo ha!” –Carolyn
“Prop 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.” –U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker
“So are gays allowed to pick which straight people are forced to gay-marry them? Was that in the ruling?” –tweet (little humor)
“This is as big as Roe v. Wade, where we have a right to govern our own selves.” --Lynn
In the NY Times article, it said that there are reports that the judge is gay and therefore biased. Come on, that makes about as much sense as saying that a heterosexual married person is partial. Both are large groups of people of diverse opinions. This is like a coach arguing with the referee about a call, it is an attempt to distract and detract. Still, the accusation doesn’t diminish the ruling or the potential for it to be a game-changer.
“Kate Kendell, executive director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said that she believed that there were members of Supreme Court who ‘have a very deep seated bias against LGBT people,’ meaning lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender. But, she called Wednesday’s ruling “potentially game changing.”
‘This legal victory profoundly changes the conversation,’ she said, ‘for folks in the legal world and the policy world who were previously unmoved by this struggle.’” (Court Rejects Same-Sex marriage Ban in California, New York Times, Aug. 4, 2010)
In great hope, YS