Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What Does the Prop 8 Decision Mean to Me?

Today, the Supreme Court of California decided the court challenge to Proposition 8 from November. Proposition 8 was an amendment to the California constitution that defined marriage to be between one man and one woman. The passage of Prop 8 by a fairly narrow margin stopped same-sex marriages in California, which had been legal for several months before that time. The court case challenged whether the proposition was an amendment to the constitution or a revision of the constitution. The requirements for a revision are much stricter.

The decision was that the amendment would stand, so no more same-sex marriages will occur in California until the constitution is amended again to allow them. California is, evidently, one of those states whose constitution can be amended very quickly and easily. The voters may amend it again soon. The marriages that took place in California while marriage was allowed will still be valid.

It may seem like the court is ruling against same-sex marriage, but remember that this is the same court that voted to allow it in the first place. This ruling is more about the process of amending the state constitution. It is still very disappointing, and I will be supporting efforts to amend the state constitution again both in California and in my own Midwest State.

Will I be visiting sunny California any time soon? Maybe, but not to get married. I've always wanted to see Boston.

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