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11/11/2008

Sooner rather than l8ter?

by Jeremy Hooper

Attention vindication-seeking gays:

The California Supreme Court could rule as early as this week on a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate Proposition 8, court spokeswoman Lynn Holton said today.Prop 8 ruling could come quickly [Sac Bee]

We've had our dark hour -- could this be the dawn? Unadorned ring fingers crossed, everyone!

**ALSO: 44 members of the CA legislature have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support one of the anti-Prop 8 lawsuits:Lawmakers join call to overturn Prop. 8

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I really want to believe that the California Supreme Court would not have started something as potentially dangerous as granting equal rights to same-sex couples unless they were willing to see it through. They very well know the ramifications of their actions, and the perilous position that they themselves have put us in right now. So, that side of me that wants to believe in justice also believes that they won't sit back idly watching as the fragile peace unravels.

By now, I am sure that everyone has seen the Palm Springs footage where the (arguably stupid) little old lady with the (Styrofoam??) cross interjected herself into a rally of 'No On 8' protesters. Her intention was to get her (biased) opinion of our rights out into the public domain. The protest turned at least one shade uglier when the crowd shouted her down as a way of silencing her. And, it certainly looked as if the situation could have ratcheted up from there.

Violence is never a good answer, and should never be condoned, but on the other hand stupidity does have consequences. That bible thumper never would have walked into a crowd of ethnic minorities with a symbolic burning cross, or more correctly, she might have done that once and only once.

But, all that said, I have to hold out hope that the court is ready, willing and able to step up and do what is right and just.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 11, 2008 11:08:20 AM

I'm sorry, but I DON'T think that the CA High Court will rule in favor of our side. As much as I want to hope that the Court will find that prop 8, is a revision, so I can have my Equal marriage rights is just don't see how that argument is going to work. But, here to hoping!!

While the Court probably WILL NOT rule in our favor we lost this election by a little more than 2%. I am fully confident that in 8-10 years marriage equality will be seen in California, through popular vote of a more progressive electorate coming into power, or across the U.S. through a U.S. High Court decision.

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Nov 11, 2008 12:35:07 PM

Brace yourself, because the California Supreme Court isn't going to rescue us from Prop. 8. The Court is going to duck. I did read the briefs and thought them compelling, but the Court is a court of law, not of justice.

We lost on 8 because we, the proponents and benefitors of same-sex marriage, have no true center or agreed upon leaders, or strategy. As a result, our campaign was not as effective as it needed to be or could have been. Rather than continue expressing our anger in public demonstrations, let's channel that anger and begin right now to put our own initiative on the ballot in 2 years. We hire or recruit a public "face" for our campaign. We frame the question and control the debate. We identify the opposition as the mean-spirited extremists that they are. We can win this fight.

Our children should have the right to married parents without regard to whether their parents are two men or two women, no matter what someone's religion teaches.

And right after we win this fight, let's do another initiative that says fundamental rights cannot be stripped from individuals in an election funded by religious extremists from out-of-state. I'll lead that fight.

Posted by: Houston | Nov 11, 2008 1:12:21 PM

experts say slim to none they will, but i HOPE!

Posted by: queerunity | Nov 11, 2008 2:27:54 PM

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