August 5, 2010

Proposition 8 sputtering

From news.com.au’s Cal­i­for­ni­a’s gay mar­riage ban over­turned:

Judge Walk­er was with­er­ing in his crit­i­cism of Propo­si­tion 8.

“Propo­si­tion 8 fails to advance any ratio­nal basis in sin­gling out gay men and les­bians for denial of a mar­riage license,” he wrote in his judgement.

“The state does not have an inter­est in enforc­ing pri­vate moral or reli­gious beliefs with­out an accom­pa­ny­ing sec­u­lar purpose.”

Although my favourite quote is def­i­nite­ly this baf­fling statement:

Lawyers for the back­ers of Propo­si­tion 8 made the case that lim­it­ing mar­riage to oppo­site-sex cou­ples is vital to pub­lic inter­est because it pro­motes pro­cre­ation, which is fun­da­men­tal to the sur­vival of the human race.

Indeed, because I know so many gay men and women who would ignore their sex­u­al­i­ty in the pur­suit of get­ting mar­ried. Oh yeah. What world are you idiots liv­ing in? We’re ask­ing for equal rights so that we don’t have to ignore our sexuality.

Adden­dum: anoth­er excerpt from the Judge Walk­er’s rul­ing state­ment.

posted by Andrew

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