On Feb. 7, the United States Court of Appeals of the 9th Circuit ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. It seems no matter how hard groups like the National Organization for Marriage try to distort the facts, they can’t fool the people in the robes who can see through the band.
For example, the 9th Circuit Court said, “Proposition 8 served no other purpose and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians.”
It upholds a lower court ruling, agreeing hate is behind Prop. 8, not love.
Valentine’s Day is normally a cursed day for me. I rarely am coupled up on the holiday and am often uncoupled right before. It should be called Break-up Day for me. But, I’m glad to be celebrating with the rest of the same-sex marriage advocates as we honorably deserve to win another court ruling. We are on the right side of history, whether we’re coupled up or not.
The Federal District Court paved the way for the 9th Circuit Court, in ruling that Prop. 8 is not in line with the U.S. Constitution – the single most important document in our country. They struck down the four-year ban in California.
There are two couples who deserved to have a perfect Valentine’s Day. The plaintiffs in the case include Jeff and Paul, Kristin and Sandy. They deserve a thank-you note for all their efforts and for filing their cases to the courts.
So here we head down the road that leads to the Supreme Court. It’s obvious Valentine’s Day or the weeks surrounding it are not cursed for those of us who support marriage equality.
It’s possible the end of the road is a few weeks from now. This could be a good thing because the Supreme Court would need five votes in our favor and we may not get them. Not to be pessimistic, but it is possible.
If it’s the end, California would join the ranks of the marriage equal, and celebration is on its way. Both ways we could win this and justice will prevail. When the time comes, there is no way the journey is over completely, we still have many more states to come.
Although, the decisions in the courts for marriage equality will make it easier to win in the future. Maybe even our opponents can learn from the past and wake up to the reality that religion has no place in government, and equality eventually wins.
The pain of being treated differently years ago is lessening for both those in Utah, who feel the LDS Church had a huge role in California, and for California citizens, who had their rights stripped away firsthand.
I wish the future holds for even better Valentine’s Days – that no one of legal age will be denied the right to get married.