After a busy IETF meeting and a nice few days off in Bruges and Brussels (photos forthcoming, when I get time to sort through them), and a break from both news and blogging (I’ve written somewhere in these pages about being out of touch with the news when I’m travelling), I have a few moments to write. I thought I’d mention what was one of the most significant news items I missed last week:
A U.S. District Court has tossed out Proposition 8, that vile, homophobic ban on same-sex marriage in California.
Proposition 8 cannot withstand any level of scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause,wrote Judge Walker.Excluding same-sex couples from marriage is simply not rationally related to a legitimate state interest.
Indeed, and well said. And one has to laugh at things like this:
But Andrew Pugno, a lawyer for the defense, said Proposition 8 had nothing to do with discrimination, but rather with the will of California voters whosimply wished to preserve the historic definition of marriage.
The other side’s attack upon their good will and motives is lamentable and preposterous,Mr. Pugno said in a statement.
Preposterous? Right, they really just want an old-married-couples’ club. They don’t want
those people to be able to join, but that’s not discrimination, not at all. Oy.
Nothing is settled yet, of course; this will clearly be appealed. The Ninth Circuit will have to weigh in — they’ll almost certainly uphold this decision. And then it’ll go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Maybe we can hope for a Scalia resignation before that happens.
Update, 19 Aug: The delays continue. Here is Thom’s blog post (see his comment to this entry) from yesterday.
So, what was I doing on Monday, the day the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied my right — you may argue that it merely delayed it, again, but the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accurately noted thata right delayed is a right denied— to marry the man I love, the man with whom I’ve spent the past seven years, and the man I intend to be with until the day one of us stops breathing? What sinful, un-American civilization-destroying immorality was I indulging the day our hopes were dashed again?
Go read the whole thing.