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Federal judge Vaughn Walker invalidates Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriages, citing "no rational basis" for the discriminatory law.

It's about time. I think I'm a pretty normal (don't laugh) heterosexual married man. Most of my friends have married in the past decade. I can't see how allowing committed same-sex couples to marry could possibly have any impact whatsoever on their marriages.

On the other hand, Measure 36 (Oregon's version of Proposition 8, thinks this marriage is fine and dandy. WARNING: You will need brain bleach after following this link.

Judge Walker has an interesting combination of influences; he's gay, but is a conservative Law and Economics theorist appointed to the bench by George H.W. Bush.

Another indication of same-sex marriage not necessarily being just for liberals only is one of the lead counsels for the plaintiffs - Ted Olson, former Solicitor General during the George W. Bush administration and counsel for Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra scandal.

This ruling only affects California; however, if Judge Walker's decision is upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it would apply to the whole circuit, including Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Arizona.

I seriously doubt my Nevada-performed, Oregon-based marriage to Amy would be affected one iota by the 9th Circuit upholding Judge Walker's decision. Just sayin'....

Date: 2010-08-04 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I know, this is serious YAY! When all of that originally went down, my Mormon friend received a 'home visit' from her bishop. She told him to go to hell, and proceeded to give him directions :D

Date: 2010-08-05 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
good news indeed.

and somehow the decision doesn't seem to have affected my marriage either. curious.

Date: 2010-08-06 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It hasn't made you want to be TEH GAY, not even a bit?

Oh, I have pics of you from Animania V - they should be up on Facebook within a week - I'm scanning all my old pics.

Date: 2010-08-07 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
actually, i think it makes me want to marry my rabbit. or both my ipod and my wife's. you know those slippery slopes.

Animania V... oh dear... not the costume... *shudders* OLD SHAME!

Date: 2010-08-06 02:59 pm (UTC)
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The thing that makes me most crazy about this whole this whole thing is the kind of tack the anti-gay movement takes when they're being interviewed. They always focus on how there's supposedly a majority out there who don't want gay marriage to happen so the courts should respect the vote of the community.

Someone should remind them that if we used that doctrine as a yardstick, slavery would still be legal in the Deep South today.

And then there's the argument about how children need a mother and a father. I agree -- that's the best way to do it for many reasons. But I don't see these people up in arms over gay marriage railing against straight couples getting divorced and/or single-parent child rearing.


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