May 15, 2008
Marriage Equality in California!
Rainbow Law Center joins the rest of the country who values fairness and equality in applauding the decision of the California Supreme Court today in the "In re: Marriage Cases" when it said:
"Our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation,""...we determine that the language of section 300 limiting the designation of marriage to a union “between a man and a woman” is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute, and that the remaining statutory language must be understood as making the designation of marriage available both to opposite-sex and same-sex couples. In addition, because the limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples imposed by section 308.5 can have no constitutionally permissible effect in light of the constitutional conclusions set forth in this opinion, that provision cannot stand."
Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights.
I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about.
--Mildred Loving, June 12, 2007
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It's going to be interesting, indeed. Until then, it's celebration time! WHOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!
Posted by: greymatters | May 16, 2008 7:39:45 AM
However, I think it's particularly telling that NONE of the candidates for President chose to comment directly on this momentous decision. Instead, the campaigns all just had their spinmeisters issue (non-)statements.
Posted by: Jami | May 16, 2008 11:45:28 AM
I get so frustrated when I read articles talking about "activist judges". It's a judge's constitutional duty to hold statutes to constitutional scrutiny. If people don't like their interpretation, there are means to change the constitution -- some of the people in CA are pursuing this route -- but don't decry them for doing their constitutional job.
Further, I read today where some commentator likened same-sex marriage to abortion and predicted that we'll have nationwide angst and hard feelings over this decision for years to come, as we do following Roe v. Wade. What he doesn't get, however, is that this case is not analagous to Roe -- it's analgous to Loving! Grrr. Damned bigots, anyway.
And, yes, the presidential candidates will steer clear. All are on record as being opposed to equality for gays, but all are also on record as saying that the states should make their own decisions and not have the issue decided at the federal level. I'm CERTAIN that the right wing will be calling for a new federal constitutional amendment.
Posted by: Denise | May 16, 2008 4:33:29 PM