The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prop 8: the ruling

You gotta love the 14th amendment of the U. S. Constitution.

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

That clause should mean that my partner and I shall be able to marry, just like all three of my brothers have, to the person I love.

It may take a few years, but that will be the law of the land in Alabama before its over with.

Yesterday, Judge Vaughn Walker wrote:

"...Prop 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation."

And more.

Here is the entire ruling (I'm having a hard time loading the whole thing here. Come back if you can't see it now).

Prop 8 Ruling

I love it when people express their feelings.

Here's Sam Harris.

Remember, I posted a video by Sam after Prop 8 was passed. He expressed his feeling at that time also.

Anyway, the ruling is a huge victory, if you are interested in Equality and Liberty. I will be writing more about this for a magazine!

The confirmation of Elena Kagan today is a great thing, as well.


Don Shetterly - Relaxing Piano Music said...

Yes it is a good thing because it is the right thing. I heard the "other side" state that the judge was not taking into the historical nature of marriage. However, if that argument applied to numerous moments and events in our country's past, then many in our society would not be living the life they are.

I think at the end of the day, the "right wing conservatives" in their efforts to push their short sighted views on everyone else will have in effect made it possible for gays to live as they are in the way that should be the norm. The efforts of these conservatives will have in effect undone that which they have tried to legislate.

I cannot wait until the day comes when the relationship I have with my partner of almost 11 years because something I can publicly celebrate, not just in private. It may be some time yet, but it will happen. We still have many ignorant people in this country but slowly we are evolving as a nation.

Shia said...

This made me sooo happy. I just hope it holds up to future appeals.