I woke up with jet lag and the news that a ruling is due within the next nine or ten hours on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. I was shocked when it passed. It seemed so patently unlike the California I know to become the first US State to write discrimination into its constitution.
The Yes on 8 side has issued statements saying that they expected to lose this appeal. I’m not sure whether they are basing those statements on the fact that they put up one of the shoddiest defences in history, or whether they know deep down that they are bigots trying to enact an LDS-backed Americanised version of Sharia Law.
I’ll be watching eagerly to see what Judge Walker has to say. I hope that when this case is appealed to the US Supreme Court the enemies of equality do an equally piss-poor job of arguing for segregation and second-class citizenship for some Americans. I hope they look just as silly making absurd claims such as “although children of gays and lesbians would benefit from their parents being married, we should stop them all the same.”
More importantly, I hope California is granted a reprieve from segregation and hate enshrined in law. I hope to see pictures of smiling, happy couples walking down the steps of city halls in that state after being declared partners in life, and I hope to see that the hearts of people who refuse to look at them as human beings will be softened.
I don’t believe some white-bearded schizophrenic bloke called Elohim is sitting in the clouds any more listening to my happy thoughts, but these words are still a prayer of sorts. I haven’t gotten cynical enough to doubt the power of enough people banding together in a worthy cause. So that’s my prayer. Come on, universe. Let’s pull this one through for this generation’s civil rights cause.
My ordinary comment policy is not to censor at all. But just for today, any bigot expressing a bullshit opinion against marriage equality will be deleted, simply because you deserve to know what it feels like to be disregarded.