Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More on Proposition 8 Being Overturned

Many thanks to federal judge Vaughn R. Walker! Let's look at some of his reasoning in striking down that hateful law.

Page 24:

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.

It doesn't matter if even a majority of people disapprove. Stay out of our love lives. We all have the right to enjoy love and sex and life with the person or people of our choosing.

On page 135:

...and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

This is also good news for polyamorists who want to become polygamists, and for consanguineous couples, triads, and others who want to get married. Let's add this decision, along with Loving v. Virginia and Lawrence v. Texas, to our arsenal in fighting bigotry. Love is love!

Page 136:

Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of judgment permanently

All of us deserve due process and equal protection. Prejudice is a relic of the past and is dying out day by day.
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1 comment:

  1. I wrote about this back in January, when the federal judges were just beginning to hear the case.

    However you slice it, this is fantastic news. Better even than Lawrence v Texas, I'd say.


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