Friday, May 16, 2008
Marriage Equality Gets a Lift!
The California Supreme Court decided yesterday that the state's "separate-but-equal" scheme for civil unions was unconstitutional based on the California Constitution. This is pretty big news, because A) California is the most populous state in the US; and B) the California Supreme Court is considered to be the most influential state supreme court there is - it's decisions get cited more frequently than any other state supreme court:
(From the NYT) The California Supreme Court, striking down two state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman, ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
The 4-to-3 decision, drawing on a ruling 60 years ago that struck down a state ban on interracial marriage, would make California the second state, after Massachusetts, to allow same-sex marriages.
The decision, which becomes effective in 30 days unless the court grants a stay, was greeted with celebrations at San Francisco City Hall, where thousands of same-sex marriages were thrown out by the courts four years ago.
I myself am of mixed mind about the term "marriage." First I'd like to find a partner or at least someone to date regularly! After that, something forever and of course monogamous. I don't know if I want to get married per se. Have my relationship blessed by the Church? Yup, absolutely. I know there are lots of gay and lesbian folks of all ages who want marriage in all its forms, including the name itself. I absolutely respect those who do, and I wonder at my own ambivalence. I want all the same legal protections as a man and woman who marry; I just want them for me and my guy. I'm not sure why I'm hesitant to call it marriage per se. It's not that I do not believe in loving and monogamous lifelong relationships; I most definitely do. And I want the church eventually to witness and bless my relationship whenever it happens. I think I'll need to explore it more and reflect on it. The Cal. SC decision is a good impetus to do some of that work.
In the meantime, read it all here.