Bittersweet déjà vu all over again

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Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s pick for the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, would be the first Latino and only the third woman on the nation’s highest court. Her nomination to the court was announced yesterday — the same day that the California Supreme Court announced that it was upholding Proposition 8, which stripped non-heterosexuals of their constitutional right to equality.

On November 4, we non-heterosexuals in California received bittersweet news: We had gained the nation’s first black president — and Repugnican rule of the White House was finally fucking over — but also on Election Day, Proposition 8 stripped us of our equal human and civil rights that the California Supreme Court had ruled in May 2008 were ours.

Yesterday we also got bittersweet news: We learned that President Barack Obama had named federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor as his candidate for the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court — and we also learned that the California Supreme Court had decided to let stand Proposition 8, keeping us non-heterosexuals in second-class-citizen status.

While I am thrilled that a Latina has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, word is that Sotomayor is a moderate, a la Obama (or even more so), and that she has little to no paper trails on such issues as a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own uterus, state-sanctioned murder (a.k.a. the death penalty) and same-sex marriage.

Let’s hope that Sotomayor believes in equal rights not only for women and for Latinos, but for all Americans…

P.S. I have to note that all of the wingnuts who are “arguing” that Sotomayor had better not use her gender or race or minority status to influence her judicial decisions (!) conveniently ignore the fact that the American legal system was created by privileged, presumably heterosexual white men who fashioned the American legal system after their own backgrounds and their own interests — which is perfectly OK with the wingnuts, because it’s OK with the wingnuts when the law is set by stupid white men.

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