Friday, November 18, 2011

Looks like Prop 8 is back in the news

Apparently a decision made by the California Supreme Court has brought the entire debate over Prop 8 back into the spotlight. I'm not a legal scholar, lawyer, or law professor.  As a general rule, my eyes glaze over when folk begin discussing the fine details of this or that legal issue.  I know we like the courts to say what we want them to say, but I'll guess most people aren't able to understand it any better than I can.  And many who do, such as legal 'contributors' on various news outlets, are perhaps a bit slanted in how they report this or that decision or case.  

So I don't know what all of this is about.  Since folks opposed to legalizing gay marriage are throwing confetti and celebrating, I'll guess it's something that reaffirms the voter based ban on gay marriage in California.  This take is further cemented by the assurances that gay marriage will nonetheless prevail against flagrant homophobic bigotry that I hear coming out of the pro-non-heterosexual normality crowd.

We'll have to see.  I doubt it will be too many years before gay marriage is the law of the land.  You can't have one state letting couples (or any particular number) get married, and others not recognizing it.  I'm sure gay normality proponents are aware of this.  And since the overall trajectory of America is to follow our post-Christian, secular, progressive, socialist friends over in Europe, I figure it's a matter of time. 

Still, it's worth noting that a California Court did something that, from what I can tell, wasn't expected.  So you never know.

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