Thursday, May 15

Free to marry who they want

Can you see how the world is beginning to right itself in anticipation for a new president? First, the Red Sox win two World Series championships, then the seventh Harry Potter book was published. Following that, the polar bears are finally listed as threatened. And now, today, comes the monumental overturning of the gay marriage ban in California! Huzzah!
It's ridiculous that such a thing was ever banned in the first place. Here's the scoop, via AP:
In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot.
Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage, the justices ruled 4-3 in striking down the ban. Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as the news spread.
"Today the California Supreme Court took a giant leap to ensure that everybody — not just in the state of California, but throughout the country — will have equal treatment under the law," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who argued the case for San Francisco.
But still, there are the killjoys out there. Seriously, who does it really hurt for people to be happy, in love and married? Why are those against it so determined to keep a segment of our population discriminated against? What good does it do those people to keep other people from doing what they want and marrying whom the want? Wait ... is this about God again?
A coalition of religious and social conservative groups is attempting to put a measure on the November ballot that would enshrine laws banning gay marriage in the state constitution.
The Secretary of State is expected to rule by the end of June whether the sponsors gathered enough signatures to qualify the marriage amendment, similar to ones enacted in 26 other states. If voters pass the measure in November, it would trump the court's decision.
And in a rare show of, I don't know, let's call it "smarts," we have this:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has twice vetoed legislation that would've granted marriage rights to same-sex couples, said in a news release that he respected the court's decision and "will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling."
Jeez, people, just let people be.

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