Really this time!
This is straight (so to speak…) from the California Supreme Court’s website: The court’s decision on whether to uphold or strike down Proposition Hate — er, Proposition 8 — is to be handed down at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
A year ago this month, the California Supreme Court, by 4-3, ruled that same-sex marriage must be allowed in California under the state Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights for all Californians.
The haters, most of them “Christo”fascists, then pushed Prop 8 — with millions of dollars from Utah (yes, the Mormons [and, to a lesser extent, the Catholicks] declared war upon us non-heterosexuals here in California) — to write discrimination against non-heterosexuals into the state’s Constitution.
Prop 8 narrowly passed on November 4 (52 percent to 48 percent) and immediately was legally challenged in the state Supreme Court, which agreed to decide whether Prop 8 passes constitutional muster and, if it does, whether or not the same-sex marriages legally performed in California from June 2008 to early November are still valid.
I give it at least a 90-percent chance that the court will rule that those same-sex marriages already performed (which the Sacramento Bee’s website states number more than 18,000) will remain legally valid and about a 60-40 chance that the court will strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional.
But Tuesday will be interesting, regardless of which way the court’s decision goes; the court has had to decide whether to stick with its original decision a year ago this month to uphold equal human and civil rights for California’s non-heterosexuals or to overturn the decision of a slim majority of California’s voters to discriminate against non-heterosexuals.
Equal human and civil rights for any minority group should never be left up to a fucking vote.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
“All … are created equal.” Heterosexuals are not more equal than non-heterosexuals, to borrow from Orwell’s Animal Farm.
“Unalienable rights.” That refers to rights that may not be taken away by any means.
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” You know, liberty, a synonym for freedom, which the wingnuts can’t shut the fuck up about but which they wish to deny to non-heterosexuals and other historically oppressed minority groups. (The wingnuts say they’re “pro-life” too…)
These “truths” are “self-evident.”
There’s no argument: Those who wish to deny equal human and civil rights to non-heterosexuals violate the spirit of liberty — true liberty, not the faux “liberty” of the Repugnicans and other assorted wingnuts — with which the nation was founded.