The Orange County Rally in Sasscer Park in the shadow of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse drew a respectable crowd, about 200 people, of LGBT community members and their supporters. They all seemed to recognize that this decision is merely another step, on the long road, to marriage equality for LGBT Americans.
The New York Times has one of the best editorials on the Proposition 8 decision from yesterday.
From the editorial: “The judge easily dismissed the idea that discrimination is permissible if a majority of voters approve it; the referendumâ€™s outcome was â€œirrelevant,â€ he said, quoting a 1943 case, because â€œfundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote.â€
He then dismantled, brick by crumbling brick, the weak case made by supporters of Proposition 8 and laid out the facts presented in testimony. The two witnesses called by the supporters (the state having bowed out of the case) had no credibility, he said, and presented no evidence that same-sex marriage harmed society or the institution of marriage.”
U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker has issued a landmark decision declaring that Proposition 8, banning same-gender marriage is unconstitutional.
“The United States Constitution guarantees that all persons shall be treated equally under the law;” said Chris Prevatt, spokesman for the Harvey Milk Stonewall Democratic Club of Orange County. “The U.S. Supreme Court rulled decades ago, that marriage is a fundamental right, when it overturned state laws banning inter-racial marriages.”
A federal judge has ruled that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.Â More details here from the Associated Press. Â By LISA LEFF The Associated Press Wednesday, August 4, 2010; 5:01 PM SAN FRANCISCO — A person close to the case says a federal judge has overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban in a landmark case that…
â€œThis trial clearly demonstrated Proposition 8â€™s denial of equal protection under the law,â€ said Chad Griffin, Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. â€œNo law may violate the U.S. Constitution. Our nationâ€™s Founders established the courts to protect every Americanâ€™s constitutional rights against discriminatory laws. This case is not about special rights for Kris, Sandy, Paul and Jeff. Rather, itâ€™s about ensuring they simply have the same rights as every American.â€
The effort to place an initiative on the November 2010 ballot to repeal Proposition 8 and restore equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, announced today that the proponents did not gather the 694,354 signatures necessary to place the proposed initiative on the ballot.Â The group vowed to work toward the repeal of Prop 8 at the next general election in November 2012.
Former solicitor general under President George W. Bush, Ted OlsonÂ is the principal lawyer for those seeking to overturn Prop 8 in the highly publicized trial taking place in San Francisco. He pens a thoughtful piece in this week’s edition of Newsweek making the conservative case for gay marriage.Â It is all about, in a word…