Stand back …

Stand back everyone, I’m about to step up on my soapbox.  You can all just click away now if you want.  There will be pictures of Aiman and maybe a recipe or two tomorrow … well fine, there will be a picture of Aiman at the end of this post – maybe that will entice you to stick around.

My thoughts about gay marriage and specifically Prop 8 are well-documented.  I think Prop 8 is – in a word – gross.

Reasonable people can disagree about a lot of things.  There are reasonable disputes about abortion.  Reasonable disputes about fiscal responsibility.  Reasonable disputes even about the death penalty.  There are, however, no reasonable disputes about discrimination.  When you discriminate you are, by definition, not reasonable.  And Prop 8 is discrimination.  There is no way around it.  I usually hate to throw down the gauntlet and leave no room for disagreement, but there is no disagreement about this.  Prop 8 is wrong.

By its plain wording Prop 8 tells the world that one group of people (heterosexuals) are better than another group of people (gays).  What else can you take from this language?

Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

I mean what?  Seriously?  How can something so blatantly unconstitutional actually be in the California constitution?  It makes no sense.

Luckily, lots of people agree with me and a few brave souls filed suit in the California District Court to have Prop 8 declared unconstitutional.  The court held a bench trial and the let the two sides duke it out.

Today, Judge Vaughn Wagner (aka my new hero) issued a decision in that case declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional.  YEA!

There are arguments to be had regarding whether it was a good idea to bring this suit. The case will eventually go the Supreme Court where Satan (aka Antonin Scalia) and his minions (aka Roberts, Thomas and Alito) currently sit issuing decision after decision that literally make my skin crawl.  So, there is cause for concern about this case going to that court.

But today, today I choose not to think about that.  Today, I choose to think about this,

Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.  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 this,

Conjecture, speculation and fears are not enough.  Still less will the moral disapprobation of a group or class of citizens suffice, no matter how large the majority that shares that view.  The evidence demonstrated beyond serious reckoning that Proposition 8 finds support only in such disapproval.  As such, Proposition 8 is beyond the constitutional reach of the voters or their representatives.

Ah Judge Walker … the sweet nothings you speak.

So there you have it.  Today is a happy day.  I am a happy girl.  Now lets hope the Supreme Court finds a moral compass and does the right (and constitutional) thing.  Aiman wants them to, and how can you deny this face?

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2 Responses to Stand back …

  1. Meghan says:

    I loved your reply at the blog frog re The Muslim Community Centre. Thank you for being sane and rational.

    M

  2. I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly! Let’s let people live with whoever they want and marry whoever they like. Who are we to judge what’s right and wrong? Maybe Gay marriages will outlast heterosexual marriages anyways. What’s the divorce rate currently … some ridiculously high percentage.

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