Yesterday, a federal judge in California overturned Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban that passed in 2008. As a supporter of basic human rights for all Americans, I viewed this as a big victory, righting a fundamental wrong from the 2008 vote. You may not feel the same way, and that’s fine. I don’t mean to change your opinion.
Here’s a few thoughts related to the Prop 8 ruling:
- Fox News posted a poll on its website that asked, “Did Judge Make Right Call in Gay Marriage Case?” How do you think it turned out? With 205,583 votes tallied, 61.6% voted “Yes — Prop 8 violates the Constitution.” Even among a largely conservative viewing audience, the decision was favorable. Maybe you Fox News zombies aren’t so bad after all.
- Rachel Maddow of MSNBC said, “”In general, when you ask for a majority rules vote on minority rights, you get results like what we’ve seen on the gay marriage issue. 31 out of 31 times, in 31 out of 31 states, voters voted it down. But here’s the thing about rights: they’re not actually supposed to be voted on. That’s why they’re called rights.” Kind of hard to disagree there.
- Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, in his decision, wrote: “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.” And that’s simply not true. Did you watch The Bachelorette season finale? That may have been the final straw, bigots.
I never wanted to post about controversial matters such as this, because I know these divisive issues conjure deep-seated feelings and passionate arguments that really go nowhere. (A fan of the First Amendment, I don’t blend my church and state.) Above civil rights — the column under which this ‘W’ should go — this is really about love. I’m happy today because I have gay friends in long-term relationships with partners they hope to someday marry. Right now, that requires travel and/or relocation, which is ridiculous, but this decision marks progress. I hope for the day when those friends can get married in any state, just like I can.
Congratulations to my gay friends, as state by state, vote by vote, you slowly get what you are owed.