Here is some really really fantastic news that has the potential of leading to some seriously depressing news in a few months when it definitely eventually gets heard by the U.S. Supreme Court…
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment," the judge wrote. "Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation."
Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about this. And I wish I was the kind of guy who could see the glass of Prosecco and apricot mimosa as being half full, but I'm just not. There's still a lot of drama left to unfold.
Tags: California, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Supreme Court