i just want to be tied to the back of your car
Readers of this blog - which might include my grandkids if I'm lucky - will no doubt look at today's entry and think "wait, they were still worrying about homosexuals getting married back then? what the FUCK?"... however ... us progressive types are doing the best we can, here at the beginning of the 21st century. And today in the culture wars, we kicked some Neanderthal ass.
A California judge struck down the bigoted, homophobic, putrescent hunk of shame known as Proposition 8 as unconstitutional under the equal protection clause, failing "to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license".
Yes, my friends from the future, this is what we deal with. Can you and your robots imagine?
Anyway, now it'll go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will uphold it, then on to the Supreme Court, where one Justice, a guy named Anthony Kennedy, will determine the future of gay marriage - and with it, I believe, much of the soul of America. That may sound overly emotional and dramatic, but these are the decisions that determine a nation's character, and our character has not been very kind recently.
In 1996, Anthony Kennedy himself said that any law that "classifies homosexuals not to further a proper legislative end but to make them unequal to everyone else" was unacceptable, so here's hoping. Of course, you've got the wingnut asspants of our national dialogue already calling out the California judge as gay and of course my Mormon folk in tha' 8-0-1 are glum, but who cares? Yes, my guests from the future, us liberals have to snatch our victories when we get 'em.
Posted by Ian Williams at August 4, 2010 11:45 PM
I'm waiting for your Republican guard posters to comment that this activist judge just ruled contrary to the will of the majority, citing the vote for Prop 8 as "proof" that the gay marriage ban was appropriate.
But, as our history has shown us, it takes a few brave judges, gay or not, to do the right thing every once in a while.
A judge determined that blacks and whites could be schooled together equally. A judge determined that blacks and whites could marry. And now a judge has ruled that gays can marry.
I'm happy for those who fight so hard to have what so very many hetero couples take for granted.
I'll listen to reasoned debate from those in opposition to this ruling, but I won't tolerate rhetoric from anyone opposing this ruling who has been divorced, cheated on their spouse or is in the closet, yet rails against gay rights. Close-mindedness and hypocrites lost yesterday. Freedom to choose and happiness won out.
Huzzah my gay, committed friends in long time relationships who are yearning to be married.
Where will the reception be held and will there be an open bar, cause I want to be there when you walk down the aisle . . . looking FABULOUS, I'm sure.
Dean, I don’t know you from Adam’s housecat, but something about your post – innocuous as it seemed at first – really irked me this morning, and Annie H.’s response clarified it for me. I find it shameful that you ‘couldn’t care less’ about social issues. I’m sure there were plenty of good German citizens who felt the same way about Jews in the thirties. I’m sure there were plenty of good Christian North Carolinians who felt the same way about black people in the fifties (including my parents). Sometimes, you just have to give a damn when basic human rights are denied.
I struggled for years to let go of the homophobic attitudes I picked up in junior high, high school and even at my beloved UNC, and when I think back on some of the things I said or did back then I’m filled with shame. Even worse was my indifference. But I can no longer be indifferent when fellow American citizens – my friends, my family – are denied the same rights as me.
And as far as the “legal argument” goes, it’s entirely possible that Brown V. Board of Education wouldn’t stand up under certain “legal” interpretations, either. That’s not the point. It’s just not. As Judge Walker himself said, “When challenged, however, the voters’ determinations must find at least some support in evidence. This is especially so when those determinations enact into law classifications of persons. Conjecture, speculation and fears are not enough. Still less will the moral disapprobation of a group or class of citizens suffice, no matter how large the majority that shares that view. The evidence demonstrated beyond serious reckoning that Proposition 8 finds support ONLY IN SUCH DISAPPROVAL. As such, Proposition 8 IS BEYOND THE CONSTITUTIONAL REACH OF THE VOTERS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.” Federal OR state.
Or, to put it another way: “… Our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that ALL MEN are created EQUAL.” And maybe someday we will be able to abide by some other words from the same dude: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURES.”
Just give a damn. Gay marriage isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, and yet, it is.