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May 15th, 2008
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Another step forward
California high court stands up for marriage rights for all. Congratulations to my many in-state gay and lesbian friends*! Time to start the 30-day countdown for your marriage certificates ...

February 16, 2004
This is one that hits close to home for me, too, because it was gay marriage that led to my (heterosexual) marriage with kadyg. No, seriously: Our first date was passing out candy and flowers to the wedding parties in San Francisco as same-sex couples lined up for marriage licenses on Valentine's Day weekend, 2004. Turned out to be a pretty good omen, although it took us a year and a half to realize it and give in.

Next up will be the fight against the state constitutional amendment. It'll be a bumpy ride. Its predecessor Proposition 22** captured 61 percent of the vote in 2000, and as far as I can tell, the amendment only needs a 50 percent majority despite its more dramatic effects.

Here's to hoping eight years -- and the complete disintegration of the national GOP -- makes an 11-point difference. As I've observed, gay marriage has the weight of history behind it, but in the short term it remains to be seen how much the American public can be persuaded to value compassion over tradition.

* And coworkers. And boss. :)
** Or the "Knight Initiative," named after its primary sponsor, Sen. Pete Knight -- who disowned his son over the issue. And then died. It's uncertain whether they ever reconciled.

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Date:May 15th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
It seems that the swing against the anti-gay-marriages has taken effect, Given that Australia's laws are currently under review in regards to that (mind you, they're not calling it marriage as such, but you know what I mean)

Still, it's a _good_ thing that there's a major push for equality, Especially when those who are against gay marriage don't really seem to have much of a foothold to stand on with all their arguments (apart from "it's not right")

Hopefully it passes uneventfully, and folks realise that it's not as bad as they think it is
Date:May 15th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'd say the results of the state constitutional amendment, assuming it passes muster and makes it onto the ballot, will depend to an extent on the Presidential race. A large Republican turnout will certainly tend to give the edge to the amendment passing...and a large Democratic turnout, vica-versa.

In the meantime....hooray for California!
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Date:May 16th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
One small crumb of hope may be found in the fact that constitutional amendments which are focused on exclusion of some group tend to have a harder time than standard initiatives or non-exclusionary amendments. There's some mental block in the public mind about using the constitution to take things away.
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