Thursday, August 5, 2010

Life in Cloud City

It's done.

Yesterday afternoon Federal Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Proposition 8, the ballot initiative passed by California limiting marriage to unions between a man and a woman.

People around here were pretty stoked.

I have to be honest; i haven't exactly been dreading the this case, but it definitely had me concerned. There is a part of me that thinks that if we want full equality then those are fights we are going to have to win at the ballot box. Not that we should have to, but. I worry that if 51% of Californian's don't willingly mark their 'x' in favor of homosexual right then those rights will on some level always be viewed by the majority of the population as illegitimate, and thus easily taken away.

But Judge Walker's ruling was pretty much a constitutional smack-down on the Pro-Prop 8 forces. It's long and thoughtful, and very heartwarming (and it's already been appealed).

I think i should just take my friend Seth's advice and celebrate victories where i find them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I share some of your reservations. Some have suggested going back to the voters again to reverse Prop 8 by referendum, making the federal appeal moot...

This will likely be appealed up to the US Supreme Court. I'm not sure I trust them yet to make the right decision.