three classes of people = a-ok in california

Not surprisingly – but very disappointingly – the California Supreme Court has voted to uphold Proposition 8 on the grounds that “the voters were within their rights to approve a constitutional amendment redefining marriage to include only male-female couples.”

However, the court has upheld the right for the 18,000+ same-sex marriages performed between June and November 2008 to stand. Which means that California currently has three classes of people: those heterosexual couples who can get married at the drop of any hat; same-sex couples that were married during the short window of time that same-sex marriages were legal in California (and who will most likely be facing a fight against bigots who will work to invalidate their marriages); same-sex couples who, as it currently stands, can never get married in their state of residence.

This is untenable. There are marches and rallies planned all across the United States tonight. If you want to show your support for marriage equality for all American citizens, please attend one of these marches in your city. You can also get a free sticker or purchase some “I Do” or “Love Unites merchandise.

Civil rights always win out in the end. Let’s work to make it happen sooner than later.

1 Comment

  1. As I noted elsewhere “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell was commenting, of course, or communism, but it applies here just as well.

    This is the problem with states like California where popular vote can alter the state’s constitution (no slam intended). I am of the opinion that Prop 8 violates the US Constitution’s equal protection clause, but then I’m neither a constitutional scholar or lawyer, nor do I sit on the Supreme Court.

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