Federal Judge Poops on Prop 8
Matt | On 04, Aug 2010
Well, the voters can’t have their way all the time, especially when it stomps on the rights of other Americans.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled against California’s controversial Proposition 8 (better known as Prop 8). The original legislation defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. But today, Judge Vaughn Walker found that the ruling violated the due process and equal protection of two couples in California who sued because of Prop 8. One of the couples were gay and the other were lesbians.
Supporters of Prop 8 are already preparing appeal of the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Justices of the Supreme Court could have a say in the matter in a year or two at the latest. Neither side is backing down lightly, especially when equality and fairness are at stake – and already at work in other parts of the country.
With today’s ruling, California will become the sixth state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriages. Prior to Prop 8’s enactment, California had already issued 18,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on a May 2008 ruling from the state’s Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage. The same-sex marriages took place for six months until Prop 8 won at the ballot in November 2008.
All I can say is WOW at the supporters of Prop 8 (or those against same-sex marriage). It doesn’t make sense that in 2010 people are still so close-minded. Well, considering some of the people in the stories we’ve written about on this blog .. I really CAN see how people are not the sharpest knives in the box.
For instance, conservative CNN contributor, Mary Matalin, already voiced her displeasure with today’s ruling. I get it. She loves the institution of traditional marriage SO MUCH that she has now tried it three times.
I know that Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly all will have their combined three pennies to throw at the gays too. They are other great examples of real marriage. They’ve either tried them several times or have a really hard time distinguishing how NOT to involve outside women in their current marriages. Can we get another amendment to STOP people like them from marrying and procreating? I’m just saying.
This is clearly an issue that not everyone is going to agree on. But before we throw stones out of our glass houses, let’s remember that we can get cut with our own broken glass.
For now, same-sex couples who are actually at the marriage step in California have something to celebrate. And shame again on the California voters who can’t elect anyone to balance their broke state’s budget, but they vote to take away people’s rights. Makes perfect sense.