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Thursday, May 15, 2008

First Massachusetts, Now California

I'm sure by now you've heard the decision of the Republican California Supreme Court. By a 4/3 decision, they ruled our state law banning same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

For now, this clears the way for same sex couples to marry. I'm still not sure what happens with the marriages already performed in San Francisco - I've heard two versions, so far. The ruling is the size of an unabridged dictionary and I'm no lawyer.

The other guys have been gathering petitions for a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The Guv has already said he won't support it and we're hoping it won't fly. Still, it's one more hurdle.

For now, I'm celebrating on behalf of my son, my GLBT friends, and the state itself.

COMMENTS:
Blogger ThomasLB said...

I'm happy- but apprehensive. The right wing has been very effective at galvanizing their forces to stomp down every attempt to move forward into the 21st century.

But for now- pop the cork on the champagne!

Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:46:00 PM

Blogger The Beltway B@stard said...

Having a close family friend who is gay, the wife and I are very happy about this. She grew in SF btw.

What really makes me angry about this subject, is that it's an issue at all. It's a "No Brainer".

Thursday, May 15, 2008 7:29:00 PM

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

The BB hit the nail on the head. I had my TV on the day that was announced. The talking head was yapping about how "it could come into play in the elections" 30 seconds after he made the announcement.

Although Supreme Courts are supposed to be non-political, we both know the reality. The timing of this is suspicious, to be kind. Nevertheless, live one day at a time, and this is indeed a day for celebration!!!

Friday, May 16, 2008 10:43:00 PM

Blogger Granny said...

The petition to amend the CA constitution was already in the works but I see what you mean.

It will probably be on the November ballot and we can only hope that the larger turnout for a general election will work in our favor, not against. Usually they time these things for a small election on the theory that their people will vote; ours won't.

We'll have to wait and see. If the Amendment is passed, it will go straight to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Saturday, May 17, 2008 8:49:00 AM

Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Someday, as a nation, we’ll look back at all of the commotion about same sex marriage and wonder what all of the fuss was about. The same thing took place during the many decades it took for women to gain the right to vote. Still, the issue is presently divisive and painful. I hope the future acceptance comes soon, but I fear it won’t be during my lifetime.

Sunday, May 18, 2008 5:10:00 AM

5 Comments:

  • At Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:46:00 PM , Blogger ThomasLB said...

    I'm happy- but apprehensive. The right wing has been very effective at galvanizing their forces to stomp down every attempt to move forward into the 21st century.

    But for now- pop the cork on the champagne!

     
  • At Thursday, May 15, 2008 7:29:00 PM , Blogger The Beltway B@stard said...

    Having a close family friend who is gay, the wife and I are very happy about this. She grew in SF btw.

    What really makes me angry about this subject, is that it's an issue at all. It's a "No Brainer".

     
  • At Friday, May 16, 2008 10:43:00 PM , Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

    The BB hit the nail on the head. I had my TV on the day that was announced. The talking head was yapping about how "it could come into play in the elections" 30 seconds after he made the announcement.

    Although Supreme Courts are supposed to be non-political, we both know the reality. The timing of this is suspicious, to be kind. Nevertheless, live one day at a time, and this is indeed a day for celebration!!!

     
  • At Saturday, May 17, 2008 8:49:00 AM , Blogger Granny said...

    The petition to amend the CA constitution was already in the works but I see what you mean.

    It will probably be on the November ballot and we can only hope that the larger turnout for a general election will work in our favor, not against. Usually they time these things for a small election on the theory that their people will vote; ours won't.

    We'll have to wait and see. If the Amendment is passed, it will go straight to the U. S. Supreme Court.

     
  • At Sunday, May 18, 2008 5:10:00 AM , Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

    Someday, as a nation, we’ll look back at all of the commotion about same sex marriage and wonder what all of the fuss was about. The same thing took place during the many decades it took for women to gain the right to vote. Still, the issue is presently divisive and painful. I hope the future acceptance comes soon, but I fear it won’t be during my lifetime.

     

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