08 November 2008

Good News About Proposition 8

Proposition 8 passed in California on Tuesday adding fifteen words to California constitution: "Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." This after the California supreme court in May overturned an earlier, similar ballet initiative that had banned same-sex marriage. Over 18,000 gay couples have been married in CA since may.

For me, this soured the otherwise euphoric mood on Tuesday night. The total number of states with constitutional or legal bans on same-sex marriage is now up to 40. (Source)

But there is hope.

The ACLU is suing. On several grounds they argue Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. You can read the full complaint here.

There's also a movement to have the IRS revoke the tax-exempt status of the Mormon Church, a major player in the campaign to pass Proposition 8. Details here.

Finally, the LGBT community is not taking this one lying down.

I hold out hope that proposition 8 will be short-lived.

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