Saturday, December 20, 2008

And So It Begins...

What we all expected to happen has begun.  The Yes on 8 sponsors have hired Kenneth Starr (yes, that Kenneth Starr) to head their legal action to see the 18,000 gay marriages performed in California between the court ruling and the Prop 8 vote made invalid.  Guess we knew that was really going to be their plan all along.

The only good news in all of this is that the California AG Jerry Brown has changed course and will urge the California Supreme Court to void Prop 8 saying that the measure is unconstitutional because it denies a basic right to a minority group. Adding, the authors of the state Constitution did not intend "to put a group's right to enjoy liberty to a popular vote." 

Should be interesting to watch.  Personally, I think that Brown's stance is not only morally right but legalistically correct.  But the other side has some big guns arguing on its side.  As always, California is at the forefront of this kind of legislation.  I have to believe that the outcome is going to be in the favor of  same sex marriage and that the defeats that have been suffered recently will only be temporary.  Think of them as the death throes of a dying movement.

And while we're at it, we need to appeal to Obama to sign on to the UN initiative calling for global decriminalization of homosexuality. Currently, BushCo refuses. Those opposed to this declaration, namely the Vatican and The Organization of Islamic States,  believes that to force countries to decriminalize homosexuality is the first step to forcing them to recognize same sex marriages from other countries.  It can't be because it's morally reprehensible that 86 countries have a total ban on male homosexuality with penalties ranging from a few years to life in prison.  In 7 countries, the penalty is death. No its because its a sneaky way of forcing the entire world to accept same sex marriage.  Get a life.

I think its clear why the Chinese consider "May you live in interesting times" a curse. But if it's our lot to live through this tumultuous time,  we might as well stand up and be heard while we're watching.


Aliceson said...

I heard about this today (on NPR) and am thrilled for all Americans who just want to be treated fairly.

Happy Holidays!

Chris said...

As you know, I've been very vocal on this issue, so we are watching it closely...would hate to see the weddings of our friends nullified! We are signing all of the petitions for making Prop. 8 invalid, as well keeping the weddings already performed, valid! Thanks for supporting this issue close to my heart!

D said...

Freaking Kenneth Starr. Where's the "Gay Mafia" in a time like this?