Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday that California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. This is a major victory for gay-rights advocates, following a 5-month wait for Justice Walker to release his 136-page detailed rejection of Prop 8. Walker argued, ““Banning gay marriage is fundamentally unconstitutional, and violates America’s commitment to end discrimination.” The decision is expected to be appealed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and most likely land itself in front of the Supreme Court.
MOMism: “Nobody is getting special treatment.” O-MAMAs try their best not to play favorites with our KID-Os. And, needless to say, they are the first ones to call us out on perceived injustice. We know we need to keep the rules consistent, consistent, consistent. The truth is our kids just want our unconditional love and support…and when they act out, it is to get our attention.
Judge Walker used much of this reasoning for his decision to overturn the ban on gay-marriage in California that required amending the state constitution to deny same-sex marriage. He cited that gay couples could not be treated differently than straight couples as partners, parents and citizens, and that they did not ask for anything more than what straight couples were guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Not more – just equal.
In his decision, Walker argued that “Although Proposition 8 fails to possess even a rational basis, the evidence presented at trial shows that gays and lesbians are the type of minority strict scrutiny was designed to protect.” Over 7 million Californians who voted for Prop 8 were reminded that, in fact, the Constitution vows to protect the rights of everyone…unconditionally. And, when there is a perceived injustice, citizens are granted the right to get the court’s attention to ensure “freedom and justice for all.” Consistent, consistent, consistent. Please read our opinion, “We love you all, equally.”