Rioters outside of San Francisco City Hall during the White Night Riots of May 21, 1979. Let’s hope that history doesn’t repeat itself this Thursday night…
There is buzz that the California Supreme Court probably will announce in San Francisco on Thursday as to whether or not it has decided to uphold or shoot down Proposition 8, the anti-same-sex-marriage amendment to the California Constitution that California voters narrowly passed back in November (52 percent to 48 percent).
Gay blogger Joe of the blog Joe.My.God notes that “Thursday will also be the 30th anniversary of the White Night Riots, and Friday is Harvey Milk’s birthday. You have to wonder if the court is aware of that timing and what it may mean if they’ve decided to rule this week.”
The White Night Riots, per Wikipedia, “were a series of violent events sparked by an announcement of the lenient sentencing of Dan White for the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, an openly gay San Francisco supervisor. The events took place on the night of May 21, 1979 in San Francisco.”
The California Supreme Court is expected to rule no later than on June 3 on its decision whether to uphold or to strike down Prop Hate — er, Prop 8.
Given the momentum of the same-sex-marriage-rights movement since November — including the success of the Oscar-winning film “Milk” and the legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa — I put it at about 60-40 that the state Supreme Court will indeed strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional, especially as this is the same court that already ruled, a year ago this month, that forbidding same-sex marriage in the state violates the rights of those Californians who wish to marry members of their own sex.
Same-sex marriage supporters for weeks have been planning to gather in locations around the state on the day that the court rules on Prop 8, regardless of which way the court rules.
Hopefully, the court will do the right thing and we won’t have a repeat of the White Night Riots.
Things could get ugly…