Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s concluded:
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Of course, anyone could see that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, unless they’re the idiots who try to rationalize that same-sex marriages will destroy the sanctity of marriage (What sanctity? Oh, the sanctity that more than 50% of marriages end in divorces) and turn our children into homosexuals.
Back in 2008, a friend of a friend and I got into a heated debate about same-sex marriages. She stated that same-sex marriages are wrong. When I questioned her why and how she believed it to be wrong, her answer disappointed me. “Because my religion says so.”
Instead of trying to explain why she doesn’t believe in gay marriages, she explained and reasoned as to why her church, her pastor, her religion tells her that it’s “wrong.” I will respect your opinion if it is your own. But if you’re to tell me that you don’t believe something is right because someone or something told you that it’s wrong, [eh…] you will lose my respect.
And this is how I believe the majority of Prop 8 supporters came to be; because someone told them so. Either that or homophobia.
We live in America–the land of the free. We are free to practice our own religion, our own beliefs, and live our own lifestyles (unless that lifestyle is harming another person. I highly doubt that same-sex marriages will cause irrefutable harm to our communities). But just because we have the liberty to do so doesn’t mean we can tell other people what they can and cannot do because it conflicts with our beliefs.
Many people are going to complain that it’s unconstitutional for the government to step in when the people have voted and Prop 8 has passed. But I say Prop 8 violates the constitution in the first place, so voting on something so unconstitutional is out of the question. And besides, our government prides itself in the “checks and balances” system. It does not only pertain to just among the different government branches, but between the people and the government as well.
Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of judgment permanently … prohibiting the official defendants [state of California] from applying or enforcing Proposition 8…
Of course, it’s expected that Prop 8 supporters will try to appeal the ruling. But I doubt their success. Let’s all rejoice. Cheers!