When Prop. 8 was passed in 2008, it left me speechless. I believed we lived in a time that honored everyone’s rights and that we shared the same rights (including the right to marry). However, this apparently is not the case. It seems that gays are the one group of people that remains socially acceptable to deny rights and treat poorly. Amid the false truths and feelings of religious beliefs being threatened, California succumbed to their fear and ignorance and banned same-sex marriages.
However, today in the California Supreme Court, Judge Walker ruled that prop. 8 is unconstitutional. (Here’s the text of his ruling.) I know the proponents of prop. 8 will appeal the decision and I know a stay has already been placed preventing same-sex marriages for the next 2 days (or longer depending on his final rule on the stay). But for now, I want to revel in the recognition that this prop. 8 is unconstitutional, denying the rights of one segment of the population.
We are only equal when we share equal rights.