Wednesday, February 8, 2012

California courts strikes down prop 8: historic victory for gays

I have landed on a jury for the next two weeks which is preventing me from spending as much time as I normally do on this blog and have not had the resources to comment on the historic legal victory here in California.  But I want to congratulate my own personal friends and the millions of people who are unable to marry the person of their choice.  A federal appeals court in California has struck down the gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Those of us that keep this blog going all offer our congratulations on this victory.

The court  concluded that the ban was rooted in the constitutionally suspect soil of private moral judgements.  The court's majority opinion states that "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to this of opposite-sex couples."

This is an historical victory not only for gays and lesbians but all of us except the bigots and haters who want to deny that love and respect can exist between any two people no matter what their sexual preference or gender as well as to deny them the right to legitimize their union in society as a whole.

Judge Stephen Reinhardt for the majority opinion said that there was no evidence that "same-sex marriage would promote children's welfare or responsible procreation, and no legal basis to exclude an entire group of people from marrying merely because of tradition." the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This is a historic moment one of the many historic moments we are experiencing these days, in the history of California and the US.

These claims by Prop 8 supporters have as much credibility as the  Saudi academic I quoted in yesterdays blog who says that allowing Saudi women to drive would lead to fewer virgins.

The issue will  now move to the supreme court where it is expected to be prevail.

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