Monday, February 6, 2012

Decision Tuesday on California's Proposition 8

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I am half of one of the 18,000 same-sex couples who were married in California during the brief time that it was legal. When Proposition 8 sadly passed (on the same night President Obama was elected), my marriage was in limbo. The resolution put a stop to legal "gay marriage," but it did not undo ours. This created an odd situation, where you have legally married same-sex couples, and other couples who cannot get married. Add to this the questionable wisdom of voting on civil rights, and particularly to remove rights by vote, and you had a nasty mess.

When Proposition 8 was challenged in court, the anti-gay, pro-Prop 8 crowd had their chance to argue their case. Despite all of the money that the Mormon Church (and some Catholics and evangelicals) had to come up with A+ material, they fell flat on their faces. Their material was all but laughed out of court. If you haven't read the transcripts, do yourself a favor. The standard arguments, "it isn't natural," "marriage is to make babies," and others were demolished. So, Prop 8 supporters had egg on their faces when their efforts were struck down.

That was two years ago. Appeals and legal wrangling have frustrated gay rights supporters for all of that time. But our waiting is over. At least for this latest stage. But what does it all mean? For that, you don't need me, you need an expert. So. . .


The Ninth Circuit's Prop 8 Ruling: What To Expect Tomorrow?

 The Ninth Circuit will issue a much-anticipated opinion in the Prop 8 case, Perry v. Brown, tomorrow. Avid readers of Towleroad will remember that we have followed this case closely every step of the way (including here, here, here, here, here, and here). For a quick refresher, MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner has a helpful summary of where we've been to date. Today, I would like to preview the decision, answer some questions, and prepare us for the momentous events of tomorrow.

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