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California Knows How to Party

May 26, 2009
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As long as the party isn’t a gay wedding reception. So the state Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 today. It’s important to keep in mind that this was a matter of constitutional interpretation more than it was about substance of the proposition. The question before the court was essentially ‘did Prop 8 alter the state Constitution enough to necessitate its approval by the state legislature?’

That’s a fine point of law, and there’s not much one can say about it without having some expertise in California Con Law. Keep in mind that even if a judge vehemently opposed Prop 8, she could have felt compelled to vote with today’s majority if her understanding of proper interpretation of the state charter demanded that. Of course, the result is disappointing, but it turned on a fine point of constitutional interpretation, so I can’t really blame the court if they reached a shitty result in good faith.


Don’t get me wrong, the idea that there are people currently celebrating the work they did to deprive people of equal rights makes me sick, but let’s keep blame where it belongs – focused on the bigoted, backwards zealots who wield their slim majority like a bludgeon. They know that their time is short; they will lose. It’s already happening in New England and Iowa.


And on the plus side, the colicky baby Jesus won’t be crying himself to sleep tonight.


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