For those not in the know…
Proposition 8 (or the California Marriage Protection Act) was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008, state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
You can click Proposition 8 for a link to the Wikipedia information posted. It’ll give you a nice history of what’s been going on.
Prop 8 was passed of course and immediately it went to court on the basis of being unconstitutional.
The judge ruled it unconstitutional.
It’s a big step for GLBT rights in America.
Judge Walker’s ruling,
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples.
AfterElton.com talks about this step in GLBT rights and how it certainly isn’t over yet.
It is virtually certain the ruling will be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Among the federal circuits, the 9th is one of the more liberal, so it is likely Walker’s ruling will be upheld there and then go on to the Supreme Court. With the current conservative bent of the U.S. Supreme Court it is anybody’s guess what will happen there.
Judy Shepard, a huge advocate for gay rights after her son Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and tied to a fence and left for dead in Laramie, Wyoming back in October of ’98… because he was gay.
After Matt came out to me, he once asked me if I thought gay couples would ever be allowed to get married. I told him I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime, but it probably would in his. It’s so sad, and ironic, that it turned out the other way. But this case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true.
I try to stay clear of politics and social issues here this is an issue close to my heart and I want to declare my support for No On Prop 8.
AfterElton – Ruling issues in Prop 8 Court Challenge
Advocate – Proposition 8 Overturned
Advocate also has several interviews with celebrities and their opinions on Prop 8.