This past Tuesday, May 26th, the California Supreme Court made its ruling in whether the states ban on gay marriage would stand. Unfortunately for the LGBT couples who are currently married and the millions more who’d like to be, the court voted to uphold Proposition 8 and further barricade those seeking to enter into the institution of marriage.
The California courts decision is the latest chapter in a issue that has taken the US by storm in recent years. Ironically California originally had a hand in leading the way towards legalizing gay marriage back in 2008, but in November voters dubbed Proposition 8 amended in the California Constitution to now state that marriage between a man and a woman is the only valid form of marriage and all others should be banned.
“The ruling is likely to galvanize the movement to same-sex marriage even further,” said Julie Nice, professor of constitutional law and sexuality law at the University of San Francisco. “There’s no question it mobilizes the supporters who feel they lost.”
Although gay marriage has been banned for the moment, the silver lining in this ongoing debate is that the numerous amounts of homosexual couples married before the ban took place are permitted to remain legally married.
“You get knocked down, you’ve got to get back up,” Nieto said Wednesday. “It may not happen today, and it may not happen tomorrow… but we’re back up.”
In an ideal and perfect world equal liberties for all men would never be in question. The US Pledge of Allegiance says that we have “equal liberties and justice for all” yet who we can and cannot legally married is still being fought over. There seems to be a lack of separation between church and state.
I’m not married, but I know people that are, and what I know about the institution is that its based on love and trust; committing your entire being to another individual. In my mind and in the minds of many, the sex of that person should not be in question. This argument is about allowing people to have to right to make that commitment, even if it doesn’t make sense to you. Anything else is under the category of ‘separate but equal‘ and we all know how that works.
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