Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prop. 8 Still the Law

By a six to one majority, the California Supreme Court did rule that Prop. 8 halted its mandated marriage equality. Also as expected, it said that the roughly 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted before the amendment passed last November will remain legal.

We'll watch for Arthur Leonard to analyze how setting up two classes of marrieds works and what it means. I suspect his legal comments will appear today. I'll link to them when they do.

Wednesday Follow-Up: Sure enough, Prof. Leonard has a detailed and insightful analysis here.

Meanwhile, we can assume that the pro-equality forces will continue their planning for a ballot initiative to reverse the discriminatory amendment. While that is possible next year, the 2012 general election is a more likely time.

The Bee reports:
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said in a statement, "I view today's decision by the California Supreme Court as a temporary setback for the cause of equality for all people."
Locally in Boston, the protest starts tonight, Join the Impact will lead a rally at 7 p.m. in Copley Square.

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1 comment:

John Hosty said...

Mike, I have a series of 14 videos from the rally so that you know. Tomorrow I will change my post to tandem with yours as we are known to do.