Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Proposition 8 Upheld - A Quick Roundup

The California Supreme Court decided on May 26th to uphold Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage throughout the state.

Only one of the 7 Judges voted against the proposition. His dissent, together with the full decision, can be read here (Daily Kos).

Strangely (and in my view illogically, a viewed shared by a legal commentator in the LA Times here
), the judges agreed unanimously not to annul the 18,000 same-sex marriages that took place between July and November 2008.

Thousands of people have been marching in protest against the decision, across the USA and about 200 people (including religious people) have been arrested. Meanwhile, resistance is getting organised. There are talk of submitting a new proposition annulling Proposition 8 at the 2010 Californian elections and the Advocate explains how Proposition 8 is already about to get challenged at the Federal level, here.

Several commentators manage to find the silver lining in today's cloud. Mark Morford in the San Francisco Chronicle, thinks that the enemies of gay marriage have already lost, while Dan Savage, in the Seattle Stranger, thinks that we are winning.

Click on the image above for a History of the History of Gay Marriage Bans in the US.


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