Well, folks, we’re getting there.
On Feb. 7, a three-judge panel in the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California ruled that Proposition 8 is in violation of the constitutional right of gay men and lesbians in California.
Gee, you think?
From The New York Times:
But Tuesday’s 2-to-1 decision was much more narrowly framed than the sweeping ruling of Judge Walker, who asserted that barring same-sex couples from marrying was a violation of the equal protection and due process clauses of the Constitution.
The two judges on Tuesday stated explicitly that they were not deciding whether there was a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry, instead ruling that the disparate treatment of married couples and domestic partners since the passage of Proposition 8 violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently,” Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt wrote in the decision. “There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted.”
Additionally, AP reported yesterday that Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage, which will make them the seventh state in the U.S. to allow same-sex couples to get married. The Washington House narrowly passed the bill on a 55-43 vote and expect the state Senate to approve the measure next week.
Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a gay lawmaker from Seattle who has sponsored gay rights bills in the House for several years, said that while he and his partner are grateful for the rights that exist under the state’s current domestic partnership law, “domestic partnership is a pale and inadequate substitute for marriage.”
Pedersen cited Tuesday’s ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals during his remarks on the House floor.
“The court addressed the question of why marriage matters directly,” he said, and read a section from the ruling that stated “marriage is the name that society gives to the relationship that matters most between two adults.”
“I would like for our four children to grow up understanding that their daddy and their poppa have made that kind of a lifelong commitment to each other,” he said. “Marriage is the word that we use in our society to convey that idea.”
Of course, the story goes on and talks about how several Republicans argued against the bill with the usual bullshit excuses:
- It’s not natural
- It will hurt families and children
The AP continues:
However, gay couples can’t begin walking down the aisle just yet.
The proposal would take effect 90 days after the governor signs the measure but opponents have promised to fight gay marriage with a ballot measure that would allow voters to overturn the legislative approval.
If opponents gather enough signatures to take their fight to the ballot box, the law would be put on hold pending the outcome of a November election.
Otherwise gay couples could wed starting in June.
Before I begin my rant, I want to say that I am excited about these steps forward. It’s about time that someone finally said, “sorry, but this is unconstitutional.”
But I’m so pissed off, too. I am outraged each and every time I read or hear someone say that being gay is unnatural. That marriage must be between a man and a woman. That we must make laws that prevent two people from legally committing to one another and have it be recognized by the federal government. Lest we look back at:
Yet, we have an entire community of people that are prohibited, by law, from enjoying the same right to marry and the legal/fiscal benefits of marriage that heterosexual couples utilize every day?
Everyone is entitled to their belief, but there is a reason we are supposed to have a separation of church and state. Each and every single American citizen should share and enjoy the same rights and consequences. Yet, we consistently let illegal immigrants stay in this country after they have killed someone? We let them use our system and have some of the same rights as actual citizens?
But when my brother gets married it will only be recognize by seven states instead of the whole damn country? Because we have a bunch of closed minded, false Republicans* saying that God hates gays?
Enough. When will our government — and so many people in this country — learn that the LGBTQ are people too? They feel, they work, they bleed, the laugh, they cry and they love just like any heterosexual human being does. So why are we treating them differently?
*Note: In my opinion: a true Republican, not that we really have any of these, or they otherwise call themselves Independents, are more of the live and let live kinds of people. Fiscal and social responsibility are key here. Of course, we have a bunch of conservative nuts posing as republicans, and boy how sad it all is.