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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CA Supremes Uphold Prop 8...

Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 10:45 AM

...and declare, according to a banner headline at the LA Times, that the 18,000 same-sex couples who married in California are still legally married. So some gay couples in California are more equal than others. Congrats to all who rushed to the altar and it ain't over, bigots, not by a long shot.

From the LA Times:


The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage but also ruled that gay couples who wed before the election will continue to be married under state law.

The decision virtually ensures another fight at the ballot box over marriage rights for gays. Gay rights activists say they may ask voters to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have pledged to fight any such effort. Proposition 8 passed with 52% of the vote.

Although the court split 6-1 on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the justices were unanimous in deciding to keep intact the marriages of as many as 18,000 gay couples who exchanged vows before the election. The marriages began last June, after a 4-3 state high court ruling striking down the marriage ban last May.

The anti-gay bigots said before the decision that they wanted Prop 8 upheld and they weren't concerned about the 18K gay couples who wed while same-sex marriage was briefly legal in CA. That exposes their fundamental dishonesty. If they believe, as they claimed during the campaign, that married same-sex couples are a threat to the family, a threat to children, an invitation to hurricanes and earthquakes and wildfires, and that the existence of married gay couples somehow requires homosexuality to be taught in schools, how can they be indifferent to 18K married gay couples rattling around the state? Won't all those bad things still happen?

Either they don't believe any of that crap—and many don't—or they intend to go after the 18K couples whose marriages were declared legal this morning.

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