Today, in a ruling that will likely prompt the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California’s ban of gay marriage as unconstitutional. Judge Reinhold– I mean Reinhardt– wrote in his decision the following sensible words:
“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different people differently,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the decision. “There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted.”
“All that Proposition 8 accomplished was to take away from same sex-couples the right to be granted marriage licenses and thus legally to use the designation ‘marriage,” the judge wrote, adding: “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gay men and lesbians in California.”
In 2008, after unsuccessfully petitioning the California Supreme Court to ban gay marriage, the dark masters of all that is annoying and spiteful in America succeeded in adding Proposition 8 to the ballot; after a lengthy barrage of stupid commercials and bad rhetoric, the measure passed and the California Constitution was amended to deny same-sex couples a pretty basic civil right.
Clearly this decision is a step in the right direction, but some activists fear that the current Supreme Court will Bork the shit out of this Ninth Circuit decision, given the Supreme Court’s dastardly conservative activist wing. They are probably right; however, it’s always possible the Court will decide not to hear the case. Whatever happens, we can hope that reason triumphs.
Oh, wait…this is America. Nevermind.