Equality isn’t for Everyone…

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“Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognised in California”

Proposition 8

Sad news today that the Supreme Court in California has backed the gay marriage ban.  Proposition 8 has been passed, which means that same sex couples are not allowed the privilege of marriage in the “Golden State”. 

Surely everyone should have the right to marry if they wish to?   Doesn’t part of the US Constitution read;

“…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Thomas Jefferson must be turning in his grave.

One small blessing is that at least the 18,000 same sex weddings that took place in the 6 month window before the decision, were not annulled – as they could have been.  (Although this decision in itself is confusing – is the message here that some gay couples are more ‘equal’ than others?)

The Golden State doesn’t seem very golden to me – in fact in this sense it is perhaps less progressive than some developing countries.  I suppose I just find it unbelievably sad that in the year 2009, this degree of homophobia is still prevalent in one of the most powerful countries in the world.  

Granted, in the grand scheme of things perhaps this decision doesn’t top the league table in terms of world importance.  But there is so much work being done every day by civil liberty groups, campaigners and communities worldwide to bring down barriers of hate…and so its disgraceful that the Californian government still supports these antiquated laws.

However, I am heartened by the fact that the decision of the minority does not reflect the attitudes of the majority.  At the time of writing #rejectprop8 is top of the trending table on twitter, and the general view on the ‘bloggosphere’ is that the majority of people – Californians or not – oppose this decision.

As Ghandi once said “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”

This is not about being gay or straight, bi-sexual or a-sexual, or even debating what is right and what is wrong.  Its about being human, and protecting the basic human right of happiness.  Isn’t love for everyone?


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  1. I’m afraid “homophobia” isn’t exactly the correct term to use as most of those against gay marriage aren’t really afraid of it, they just don’t like it.
    Also, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-passed ban on gay marriage, meaning that the majority spoke and it is the Supreme Court’s job to listen. The Supreme Court can’t create or change laws, they only interpret them. If the voters decided to ban gay marriage, the justices can’t overturn it just because certain people want them too; that would be misusing their authority.
    Whether you are for or against gay marriage, certain technicalities cannot be ignored.


    May 28, 2009 at 3:59 am

  2. Hmm…I’m not exactly expert on the Californian governance system true.

    I suppose then it is even sadder that it was a majority vote from the Californian public.


    May 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

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