Bottom line on the decision:
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis insingling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
My comments:Judge Walker’s landmark ruling is another step forward toward liberty and justice for all – not just some – Americans and is good news not just for gay and lesbian Californians but for all who cherish our constitutional democracy.
There will, of course, be howls of protest from many on the religious right. But as recent polls have demonstrated, there are equal numbers of people of faith on both sides of the marriage equality issue. Progressive people of faith have biblical values, too – and one of those values is telling the truth. And the truth is, if we’re going to love our neighbors as ourselves, we need to be defending all marriages and valuing all families – not writing bigotry and discrimination into our constitution.
At the end of the day, what the court has been asked to decide is if a majority of voters can take away the constitutionally protected rights of a minority and the answer is a resounding “no.”
What Judge Walker’s decision guarantees is not just equal protection to gay and lesbian citizens but the freedom of religion and freedom FROM religion the framers of our constitution intended. The good news in today’s decision -- that nobody has license to write their theology into our constitution -- should be celebrated by people of all faiths, of any faith and of no faith.
At All Saints Church and in the Diocese of Los Angeles we believe that LGBT people are equally blessed by God and equally protected by the Constitution. We are celebrating today’s ruling as a giant step forward in the long journey toward justice and we will be praying it all the way to the Supreme Court.
More to come!