Depending on how consumed you all have been with trying to find or keep a job these days, handle personal stuff (I’ve two birthdays and a death in the family this week), and live sanely in a world that wants you to hate yourself, you might not be up on the latest news about Proposition 8, the California measure that was passed in November, which amended the state’s constitution to read “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
To which I say a hearty “Bite Me, Bigots.” (You may be unsurprised to learn that gi-gundo asshole Ken Starr–yeah, that Ken Starr–is the lawyer for the hate group that sponsored the original measure, “Protect Marriage.”)
Aaaaaaaanyway, yesterday, the Supreme Court of California met to discuss the constitutionality of Prop 8, and according to both this San Francisco Gate article and this one from the New York Times, it’s looking rather bleak. Of course, the discussion has only started, and the state justices have 90 days to issue their ruling.
The question as it currently stands is at least two-fold: 1) whether Prop 8, banning marriage between same-sex couples, is constitutional (which, since there’s that whole “equality under the law” thing, seems like a big DUH, NO) and 2) whether the unions of 18,000 lesbian and gay couples who were legally married before Prop 8 was hustled in by the stupid and/or hateful will still be valid. There are larger legal issues, of course, about “the will of the people” to enshrine what is inarguably discrimination into law, and whether the state should be in the business of marriage at all, too.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this issue as it progresses. Even if Prop 8 is upheld, this battle ain’t over. There are a lot of good resources at that SFGate link, if you wanna do some catch-up reading. Also, if you wanna get a little sniffly on a Friday, allow me to suggest this video (link below if it doesn’t work):