i was all set to blog about some philosophical stuff I’ve been pondering. However, today was the topper. With the California Supreme Courts decision to overturn the gay marriage ban, Cali becomes the 2nd state in the Union to allow gays/lesbians to get married. The decision was 4-3 in favor and w/6 of the judges being Republican it sends a powerful message. The ruling goes into affect 30 days from today. And while I have no one I’m planning to tie the knot with anytime soon, to say that I am ecstatic is putting it mildly.
Actually, I got the news on my phone while I was in class. I promptly broke down and started crying. At first, everyone thought I was hurt. Once I was able to speak and explain why I was so emotional, the entire class of managers I was instructing stood up and clapped. It was a very powerful and emotional moment.
Sadly, all of the marriages that were invalidated 2 years ago will not be re-instated. Those people will have to go thru it again. Then there is the fear the hate mongers from Colorado Springs will succeed in getting a Constitutional amendment passed. However, I don’t really see it happening. With even the Republican Governor stating he won’t support a Constitutional amendment, I doubt they’ll even get enough signatures to get it on the ballot. And if they do, the overall feel here is that it is a done deal and it is time to move on.
Gay marriage as always been a touchy subject for me. I firmly believe once we get it passed on a Federal level, it will be the last major hurdle in our fight for equal rights. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not so foolish as to think all the hate-mongers will give up. Not even close. However, like women’s right to vote and the abolishment of slavery it will be a turning point in our fight for equality under the law.
To be honest, I didn’t expect to see it in my lifetime. Gays/lesbians have come so far in just 10 short years. And while we still have a ways to go, I am beginning to feel like I belong to this country once again. Call it naive or wishful thinking, I don’t care. I always try to see the good in humanity and just when I began to doubt, something like this comes along and renews my faith.
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Needless to say, the Castro was a holy mess this evening. They had to close down Castro St. for several hours until the revelers calmed down a bit. Oh yes, people here are very excited!