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Prop 8 Fight May Be Over, Equality Loses

March 6, 2009

Our day will come.  

This is only a battle, this is not the war.

And I do feel that way.

If you read the Californian newspapers today one thing is clear, there is not much positive to say about the three hour hearing yesterday before the Supreme Court on the matter dealing with Prop 8.    I am waiting for the reaction to this realization by those who live in California, and are personally impacted by the denial of rights.

Along the information highway today I read a blog that seemed to sum up all the articles in a neat tight fashion, and though it is well written and reflective of the newspapers, it still pains me to read the words.

Disaster. They constantly interrupted the gay side with aggressive questions, but let Ken Starr go on and on and on. They were obsessed with the fact that the domestic-partnership law gives the same rights as marriage, and they completely ignored the fact that they so eloquently argued that separate isn’t equal in their previous ruling. They seemed enamored of the notion that the people can do almost whatever they want via the ballot-box amendment process — including repealing freedom of speech, banning gay adoption, pretty much any damned thing they choose. We’re not winning this one. It could even be unanimous. That leaves the gay side with two options: Return to the California ballot with a pro-active initiative to attempt to undo Prop 8. Or take it to the U.S. Supreme Court, using the U.S. Supreme Court’s pro-gay ruling in the Colorado Amendment 2 case as a spot-on precedent. Both options are…fraught.

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