Thursday, August 05, 2010

Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

The look of my Facebook page yesterday was something to celebrate in itself: gay and heterosexual friends celebrating this ruling from top to bottom. Hooray for Marriage Equality! Yay Judge Vaughn Walker! So many happy expressions of joy and love and Paul and I were delighted to join in.

One thing mostly missing was the understanding that this ruling does not, of course, mean the battle is over. The opposition has already filed an appeal and intends to take it all the way to the Supreme Court. But even gay marriage equality advocates who have been fearing that the Supreme Court may still be overly-conservative can't help but feel hope at how Judge Walker handled this very important ruling. Higher courts might refute his interpretation of the law on appeal but they can't overturn his judgment on the facts of this case—something he did extremely well. Click here for an article from BeyondChron: San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily that goes into more detail about that critical issue.

But even more positive, from my point of view, is that this ruling doesn't stand alone. Less than a month ago a federal judge in Massachusets declared the federal ban on gay marriage (DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional. That ruling went by on on my Facebook page without a peep but taken together it sounds a powerful message: don't tread on human rights, right wing conservatives! This country stands for equality under the law. And that's something we all deserve.

1 comment:

elsiee said...

AMEN to that!!