Yippie!!!! We Won Judge Over Turns Prop 8

From Raw Story: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0804/breaking-court-throws-california-gay-marriage-ban/

Breaking: Federal judge throws out California gay marriage ban

By John Byrne
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 — 4:56 pm

Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declared Wednesday that the amendment to the California Constitution barring same-sex marriage, adopted in November 2008 as Proposition 8, violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

Freedom to Marry, the national nonprofit fighting for same-sex marriage equality, issued a statement praising the decision.

“Today’s federal ruling strikes down a cruel and unfair constitutional amendment that should never have become law and affirms that the freedom to marry belongs to every American,” the group said in a statement. “As the first court to strike down race restrictions on marriage said in 1948, ‘the essence of the right to marry is freedom to join in marriage with the person of one’s choice.'”

“There is no gay exception in the Constitution to personal choice and the right to marry, and there is no good reason to continue excluding same-sex couples from marriage,” the group added. “Judge Walker’s decision will be appealed and litigation will continue, but what we witnessed in the clear light of his courtroom cannot be erased. The witnesses, evidence, and arguments all demonstrated what we’ve long known: exclusion from marriage harms committed same-sex couples and their families, while helping no one, and the unjustified and unfair denial of marriage to same-sex couples violates the United States Constitution. The judge’s ruling reflects the growing consensus in courtrooms and legislatures across the country, and around the world, that there is simply no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage.”

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One grain of sand at a time.

One drop of water, freezing and thawing

Each action taken.  Each small step forward

And the rock will wear away

Tina and I are going to a rally that was planned no matter what.

Savor the victory because it was truly a win for social justice and equality.

4 Responses to “Yippie!!!! We Won Judge Over Turns Prop 8”

  1. Evangelina Says:

    I know you think I am your enemy on this issue Suzan and Tina but I want to let you know that I am genuinely happy for you over this Judgement. Congratulations.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    Anyone who opposes EQUALITY is our enemy. Anyone who believes it’s O.K. to vote on the rights of others, is our enemy.

    Anyone who insists we support THEIR rights, but is unable to support ours, is our enemy.

    If you fit in one of those slots — you are our enemy!

    Oh yeah, it is also not exactly good form to call us names, accuse us of being “transgender activists”, because we do not exactly follow your “rules”.

    When some folks accused me of things I had stated, directly and absolutely, were not true, and totally LIED (not merely “misrepresented”) about my position and beliefs, I find it VERY difficult to either trust or have “lovely conversations” with those folks.

    I dislike being called things that go directly against my beliefs — especially after I’ve made my position quite clear. When folks do that they are calling me a liar.

    When folks misrepresent my position, call me a liar, then appear to say I have no integrity — simply because I seem to disagree with them on one or another issue (even though our positions might be very similar), I do find it very difficult to ever trust or deal with that person again.

    Suzan is much more easygoing about this stuff than I am.

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