|No to Prop 8
[source: 'OZ' - The 'Other' Side of the Rainbow]
In the long-awaited ruling Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 9th Circuit District Court Judge Vaughn Walker handed down a doozy of a ruling: The voter-approved law known as Prop 8, which stripped California's same-sex couples of the right to marry, is unconstitutional, violating both due process and equal protection clauses.
Details forthcoming in the 136-page ruling. Hard copies will be distributed at 2pm PST.
From the ruling, according to sources at New York: "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." [my emphasis]
Note that the aforementioned article has since been updated, but I’m leaving this excerpt as-is as it explains the basics perfectly as it is.
I will now post a song representing my feelings. (Screw you haters; it’s a beautiful song performed by a magnificent talent that perfectly captures the moment, IMO.)
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Oh, what a good day, indeed.
UPDATE: (08/04/10 6:35 PM) – What’s better than a federal judge ruling that ideologues and bigots don’t have the right to deny people the right to wed whomever they love? Why, relishing in the moaning and whining of the usual suspects in light of the smackdown they’ve received, of course. From a CNN article chronicling some reactions towards the ruling:
Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage: "I am deeply disturbed and shocked a federal judge has ruled 7 million people have no right to vote on marriage. This is a slur against the majority of Americans."
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, referring to 1973 decision that legalized abortion: "This lawsuit, should it be upheld on appeal and in the Supreme Court, would become the 'Roe v. Wade' of same-sex 'marriage."
Gallagher: Indeed, no, people don’t have the right to vote on marriage, be they 7 million or 7 trillion, and the federal judge did his job by preventing them from imposing their legislated bigotry upon the rest of Californians any longer. Perkins: Comparing this to abortion reveals you to be no more than a demagogic idiot.
In other words: Suck it, bitches!
Update: Oh, and you too, Vox Day. Seriously, you really can’t find a better way to rail against the ruling than crying “The judge is gay!” and “Zoophilia!”? I’m beginning to question all those legends about your purportedly divine intellect, my dear.