Thursday, August 5, 2010

Far from a final victory on Prop. 8

Though Second Thoughts and other backers of legalized gay marriage celebrated yesterday's court ruling affirming that California's odious Proposition 8 was nothing more than a Jim Crow-style slap in the face to the Constitution, it was a party with reservations.

Because this thing is far from over.

The folks who put the gay-marriage ban on the 2008 ballot and who went to court to defend its merits have already filed a formal appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that same-sex couples have as much right to marry as opposite-sex couples and that the ban was based on personal moral and religious values rather than any Constitutional or legal foundation.

I hope that judges in higher courts see the wisdom and Constitutional merits of Judge Walker's argument, which you really should read. I found excerpts of his ruling here.

If you want Second Thoughts' feelings on the matter, consider some light reading here and here.

1 comment:

Mike McLellan, D. Min. said...

The production of "The Laramie Project" at the Grand Theatre asked people to risk considering that tolerance (Civil Union, for example) is not enough. It is acceptance (equal rights) that is the loving thing to do. That is a great deal to ask from many in the community, but it is worth asking. It was the question behind the ending of slavery and the right of women to vote. The primary question of ethics is, "What is the loving thing to do?" It is never, "What is popular."