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Yay for Gay!

In case you haven't heard, Judge Vaughn Walker just ruled that California Proposition 8 is unconstitutional due to equal protection and due process rights. We don't often get political 'round these here parts, as volumizing mascara and Louboutins don't really lend themselves well to serious discussions of important issues, but we just had to say...

HURRAY!

Yay for all our gay and lesbian Outblush readers! We're with you, every step of the way! Look out for some posts on gay weddings and wedding gifts, y'all, 'cause we wanna celebrate with you!

Comments


Elle Sees

Posted on 08.04.10 at 5:11 PM

yahoo! i'm thrilled!

Jacinda

Posted on 08.04.10 at 5:23 PM

Thank goodness!

One Ring to Rule Them All

Posted on 08.04.10 at 5:25 PM

I can't even express how happy I am. :D

Luke

Posted on 08.04.10 at 7:15 PM

I think it is interesting how the voice of the people no longer holds any merit in this country, by the ax of one person the votes of the American people are squelched. Democracy seems to be a dying ideal, made evident by this and Arizona. Yahoo!

Caitlin

Posted on 08.04.10 at 8:08 PM

Whatever, Luke.

Caty

Posted on 08.04.10 at 8:43 PM

I completely agree with Luke. No matter what issue is at hand, a democratic vote should hold much more weight than one judge's opinion.

Katie

Posted on 08.04.10 at 9:37 PM

I think this is a perfect occasion to make my first comment ever... yay! Finally some things in this country are moving in the right direction. I'm so happy :)

Emily

Posted on 08.04.10 at 11:02 PM

A small step in the journey of equality but incredibly important and powerful nonetheless.

At my hubby and my wedding in April, we made donations instead of traditional favors. One of the donations was to the Courage Campaign in support of the fight for marriage equality.

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world - indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

jane

Posted on 08.05.10 at 4:46 AM

Good deal!

Bri

Posted on 08.05.10 at 6:05 AM

Sounds like Luke and Caty need to learn about the Bill of Rights. Constitutional rights are never to be put to a vote. Article III of the Constitution gives a judge that very right - to strike down unconstitutional infringements by the government...whether voted by the public or not.

‎"Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority." -James Madison

Clare

Posted on 08.05.10 at 7:13 AM

So excited. Now my gay friends can be just as miserable as my straight ones! :D

Erin

Posted on 08.05.10 at 9:02 AM

Well said, Bri!

Miriam

Posted on 08.05.10 at 9:12 AM

@Caty and Luke... Proposition 8 should have never made it onto a voting ballot. The rights of people, yes including gay people, are not up for a vote. It's not a popularity contest or American Idol. Wanna know why? Because if the rights contained in the Bill of Rights are up for popular vote, someday this country may decide that no Mormons shall marry, or no Assembly of God people shall marry. Because Prop 8 is/was unconstitutional, it was struck down. Please, please study your American history and constitution. I'm not even an American and I know better. Your feelings/beliefs aside, as a matter of law, Prop 8 can't stand.

Caty

Posted on 08.05.10 at 9:14 AM

I never said what happened was unconstitutional. I realize the judge had every ability to do what he did. I just simply disagree with it. And it is my right to do so. We disagree, and that is okay.

brian

Posted on 08.05.10 at 12:52 PM

Miriam and Bri--actually I would say both of YOU need to read the constitution. The American one (FYI). First--Gays already can marry in this country, it's called a CIVIL UNION. So it begs a question--why do they need to use the Christian word "marriage"? There's 2 very simple answers: 1. they want you and me to pay for their healthcare because under consititunal law married couples are granted health care rights by employers. Civil union couples are not so that's the MAIN reason for marriage rights. 2. Christianity is firmly against homosexuality and this is a clear fight against Christianity. You know it and so do I but we're not coming out and sayin it because it's hidden under lazy arguements like "everyone deserves love" etc. Here's my question to the both of you: Californians voted against gay marriage but liberals like yourself can't handle that so it goes to court with a pro-gay judge from SF who overturns the PEOPLE's vote. If that's the case, let's take universal healthcare to court. Right? oh that's right...we can't do that because it goes against what you want again. Please...leave this wonderful country alone. Stop trying to change it to Communist Vietnam and Cuba. in fact, please move there and experience that for awhile and see how "a utopia" works out for you. Thanks.Good day

Addie

Posted on 08.05.10 at 4:30 PM

"We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday."

Any day that there is a little more tolerance, respect, understanding and compassion in the world is a good day.

You can't vote away civil rights! <3

Addie

Posted on 08.05.10 at 4:38 PM

Also, just in passing, if we are to believe that marriage is specifically linked to Christianity it would make a whole lot of sense to dispose of it entirely and make everyone simply have a Civil Union.

Separation of Church and State would have been a great idea when first implementing this institution and the phrase itself would not even be an issue.

Also, just to clarify.. a civil union only offers SOME of the rights granted to those couples established as 'married'. Civil Unions are not recognized by the federal government, so couples would not be able to file joint-tax returns or be eligible for tax breaks or protections the government affords to married couples.

Bri

Posted on 08.05.10 at 7:31 PM

wow brian, every, single thing you said managed to be completely wrong. I'd love to school you on the Constitution, the concept of privilege, basic civics, the role of the court, and the fact that many states in fact are challenging "universal" health care in court, but the comment section of a women's shopping blog isn't really the place. Let me assure you, as an attorney who is quite familiar with Constitutional Law, you are dead wrong about the Constitution. (The American one. FYI.)

Miriam

Posted on 08.07.10 at 11:16 AM

@Bri... You rock. +1 million internets

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