Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Great Day for Marriage Equality

While this is only one significant step and many battles remain to be fought on the road to marriage equality, Judge Vaughn R. Walker's striking down of Proposition 8 yesterday is an encouraging victory for common sense and equal rights for all Americans.

I can't say it better than he did. This passage from his ruling is level-headed, logical, and respectful of all human beings:

"An initiative measure adopted by the voters deserves great respect. The considered views and opinions of even the most highly qualified scholars and experts seldom outweigh the determinations of the voters. When challenged, however, the voters’ determinations must find at least some support in
evidence. This is especially so when those determinations enact into law classifications of persons. Conjecture, speculation and fears are not enough. Still less will the moral disapprobation of a group or class of citizens suffice, no matter how large the majority that shares that view. The evidence demonstrated beyond serious reckoning that Proposition 8 finds support only in such disapproval. As such, Proposition 8 is beyond the constitutional reach of the voters or their representatives."

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1 comment:

  1. Amen! I am so happy this hateful ideal was struck down by a court of law.