Reaction to overturning of Calif. gay marriage ban

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

Prop 8 Banned Same Sex Marriage.  Yesterday a Federal Judge Walker overturned it. Today they are appealing that verdict. Arrrrgh!

“On no less than 14 occasions, the Supreme Court has held that marriage is a fundamental right. This decision recognizes that Proposition 8 denied the plaintiffs, and tens-of-thousands of other Californians, that fundamental constitutional right and treated them unequally.”—Theodore Olson, plaintiff’s attorney

When we look back at our history of telling people who they can or cannot marry we find that we have been obviously wrong. First we could not marry out of our own nationality; my mother nearly got a Irish fella shot dead in her youth by my Italian Grandfather ad her brothers.

Then there was the religious problem, a Catholic will go to hell if she marries a Jew! What will happen to their babies- the kids won’t get Christened and might fall off a bike or get hit by a car and be banished to purgatory because of original sin!

Then God forbid a black man even looked at a white girl- he could be killed and any white girl who looked at a black guy … well we know she was just trash.

All the fuss and now all these things are commonplace … and except for a few bigots no one makes a big deal out of it anymore or at least they are not asking for Constitutional laws banning these relationships.

There is only one set of humanity left to pick on — the Gay and Lesbian folks! I wonder what they will do once we get over that hurdle?

Quotes in reaction to a federal judge overturning California’s gay marriage ban Wednesday:

 “We take our marriage vows very seriously. We will not take a honeymoon or rest until Proposition 8 is overturned and marriage equality is restored in California.”—Stuart Gaffney, 47, with his partner of 23 years during rally outside San Francisco City Hall

“I’m 57. I never thought this would happen in my lifetime.”—Leslie Hull, 57, during rally in West Hollywood.

“You also don’t want to get too excited, because it’s a long process. Last time we were allowed to marry for like a day and then they took it away. But at the same time, we have a black president—so let’s just get on with it! It’s about equality.”—Joe Briggs, 32, during rally in West Hollywood

“For our entire lives, our government and the law have treated us as unequal. This decision to ensure that our constitutional rights are as protected as everyone else’s makes us incredibly proud of our country.”—Kristin Perry, lead plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8

“Today’s ruling strikes a resonant chord against discrimination that should not only withstand appeal, but change hearts and minds.”—Dennis Herrera, city attorney of San Francisco, which intervened on behalf of plaintiffs in the lawsuit

“The judge’s invalidation of the votes of over 7 million Californians violates binding legal precedent and short-circuits the democratic process. … It is disturbing that the trial court, in order to strike down Prop. 8, has literally accused the majority of California voters of having ill and discriminatory intent when casting their votes for Prop 8.”—Andrew Pugno, attorney for, the group that defended Prop. 8 in court.

“We recognize that this decision represents only the opening of a vigorous debate in the courts over the rights of the people to define and protect this most fundamental institution—marriage.”—Kim Farah, spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which helped fund the Proposition 8 ballot campaign in 2008

“For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for all Californians to consider our history of leading the way to the future, and our growing reputation of treating all people and their relationships with equal respect and dignity.”—California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was named in the lawsuit but declined to defend the ban in court

“In striking down Proposition 8, Judge Walker came to the same conclusion I did when I declined to defend it: Proposition 8 violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry, without a sufficient governmental interest.”—California Attorney General Jerry Brown


7 Responses

  1. “Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801

  2. to say that homosexuality is a “public” health risk that endangers innocent citizens is truth- not hatred or bigotry. There are serious health risk among monogamous homosexuals that don’t stay in a vacuum. Are homosexuals trying to cover this up??? We have warnings on cigarette packages, campaigns against drunkenness and drugs, but are they trying to lie to society or do they believe denial will make it all go away?

    I personally believe the homosexual community should publicly repent for innocent people who have been killed simply from getting blood transfusions.

    Adultery is a relationship betweeen 2 consenting adults as well, but that behavior reaps havoc on families and society.

    2 consenting adult drug addicts should also have their rights fully granted according to this train of thought, let’s just legalize drugs as well, and if you believe differently then you should be labeled a “bigot” and arrested for a “hate crime”….

    I think calling people names that disagree with your point of view doesn’t dismiss the dangerous consequences of this lifestyle.

  3. Diane:

    I actually went back and read the whole post and saw no ‘name -calling” here. Maybe you could point it out to me.

    As for health risk..are you talking about HIV?
    STIs are certainly not limited to gays and lesbians. Look at the number of women in heterosexual relationships that ended up with cervical cancer because of heterosexual exposure to HPV. How about Hepatitis? Herpes etc.?
    In order to be at the least risk for disease maybe we should all be in commited lesbian relationships.

  4. the rates of deadly disease from homosexual practices aren’t even comparable to the rates of heterosexuals. I don’t get the impression that you’re too concerned about those facts… continue believing this is healthy

    I don’t see this article written in light of the valid concerns raised from people on the other side of this issue, unless you believe bringing up all the racial baggage presents what I wrote in my first comment..

    have a nice day

    • As far as I know there is no homosexual germ but perhaps you can enlighten me. Actually, I think that if there were a germ that only affected homosexuals the god of the Westboto Baptist Church would have realesed it rather than punishing the whole of the country with disasters like Katrina and wars and terorist attacks. Ya think?
      I have no idea how “racial baggage” is part of this discussion. In fact I am throughly confused by your last statement.

  5. thx

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