Quick Hit: YAY!

Proposition 8, banning same sex marriage in California, is ruled unconstitutional!

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10 responses to “Quick Hit: YAY!

  1. yes, I am thrilled! Hopefully they’ll lift the stay on same sex marriages SOONER rather than later.

  2. And the freepers are going nuts about it. Let the games begin!

  3. Suzanne

    I’m psyched, but it’s not over until its over. There’s still the Supreme Court. If they refuse to hear it, the lower court ruling stands and the waiting is over!

  4. Laurie B

    Yeah! Let’s take it to the big house and get it done!

  5. Here’s what I’m coming to understand (though CLEARLY I haven’t learned it yet, as the Universe keeps giving me AMPLE opportunity to practice): There are always going to be people in the world who are unwilling (or, for whatever spiritual or cosmic reason, unable) to move beyond their frightened, narrow vision of what the world is (or should be). I am coming also to understand that it is NOT MY JOB to reach them all; I feel obligated to make a sporting go at it, certainly, but after they prove to me, enthusiastically and repeatedly, that they’re just not interested in working at least toward a mutually agreeable middle, then I’m allowed to walk away. Indeed, there comes a point where I HAVE to walk away, both for the health of my body and my energy.

    This, though, is also showing me that the big picture movement is generally (though perhaps incrementally) forward. The more issues like this are decided on what might be called the cold, hard practicality of the matter – when no reasonable (read; not religious or political or power-based) reason can be found to support a thing – it simply doesn’t get done. It’s going to be an adjustment for certain people to have to live with the rights of people they don’t like to enjoy the same freedoms and privileges they have, but they’re always free to take their own advice and go elsewhere; there are plenty of closed-minded, frightened communities of people to choose from, both here and abroad. Start flocking with your own birds and stop trying to force your flock’s paradigm on the rest of us.

  6. I don’t want to be Mr. Doom, but keep in mind that the 9th Circuit is, by reputation, quite liberal, and the Supreme Court is quite conservative. You know, corporations have rights and all.

  7. Brandon

    Particular arguments aside, when it comes to this issue, are “you” not doing the same thing you say the other side is doing – trying to force your flock’s paradigm on the rest of us – especially given that “your” side are the ones looking to change the current paradigm?

    • Improbable Joe

      Good news! Score one for the anti-bigots!

      My understanding of the ruling is that it was very conservative (in the real sense, not in the anti-American Republican sense) and aimed squarely at Anthony Kennedy. Basically, the court ruled in the specific case of California which had legalized marriage equality and then took it away, and used a prior ruling by Kennedy to show that there is legal precedent to prevent revocation of a right once it has been established. So this case won’t help the cause of decency towards gay marriage on a national level, but it is unlikely to be overturned either.

      BTW… I spent a bit listening to the “conservative” bigots’ talk radio on the subject the other day. The guy swore that it wasn’t bigotry, then said that gay people shouldn’t be allowed to be judges. Then he said that they shouldn’t be allowed in the military. THEN he said that they should be thrown in jail for having sex with each other. But there’s no bigotry from the right… none at all!

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