Better Late Than Never California!

The US has taken another step towards sanity! If equality and human rights were people (I picture them in tweed jackets like sexy English professors) I would give them a giant bear hug and a pat on the back for their latest success.

Yesterday, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8 is indeed unconstitutional, infringing on basic human rights and therefore should be nullified. Prop 8 passed in 2008, banning gay marriage and stating that the state would only legally recognize a “marriage between a man and a woman”. According to Judge Walker and many American citizens, marriage rights and access to marital benefits (shared insurance, etc.) is indeed a basic human right. And, although many American right-wingers fail to admit it, homosexuals are humans too, and therefore have the right to marry just as anyone else does.

I hope, in my lifetime, to see the definition of marriage amended to be something along the lines of “a legally binding contract connecting two consenting and unrelated adults together in the union of marriage”. I don’t see any problem with that, do you?

While many people, myself included, are celebrating this victory, I’d like to take a second to thank Canada for avoiding all of this mess and legalizing same-sex marriage back in 2005. Last I checked, our country hasn’t fallen to bits, and traditional marriage hasn’t been “jeopardized” because we’ve agreed to let people — regardless of their sexuality — marry the people that they love.

While Judge Walker’s ruling will not allow same-sex couples in California to marry right away (it has to go through appeals first), his decision has added California to the list of 10 US states that either support or recognize same-sex marriage. Good job, Americans, only 40 more states to go until you can truly call yourself “the land of the free”!

(PS. For the most articulate and incredible take I’ve seen on this issue so far, check out this video by Keith Olbermann: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HpTBF6EfxY)

-Ness

Editor’s Note: They let the people on The Bachelorette get married, that’s more insulting to the religious institution of marriage than two dudes or gals who actually love each other.  And with the divorce rate the way it is (and this is an old joke from someone I can’t remember who said it) don’t homosexuals deserve to be just as unhappy as everyone else?

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  1. August 5th, 2010

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