Homo Same-Sex Marriage—Remember Same-Sex Marriage?
posted by May 14 at 13:07 PMon
The Supreme Court of California announced today that it will hand down its ruling on same-sex marriage at 10 AM tomorrow. Observers are cautiously optimistic—or pessimistic, depending on their POV—about tomorrow’s ruling. All signs supposedly point to a pro-marriage-equality ruling in California.
And here’s the big ol’ but: Anti-gay activists in California have already gathered enough signatures to place an anti-same-sex-marriage amendment on the ballot in that state this November. The passages of anti-same-sex-marriage amendment to California’s state constitution would, of course, undo any legal same-sex marriages solemnized in California if the state supreme court legalizes same-sex marriage—but only if the amendment passes, which supporters of same-sex marriage, naturally, will work like hell to prevent. But it’s going to be a fight—a big one.
Says Don at Citizen Crain:
So get ready for World War-like battle for gay rights that we have no choice but to fight as if our lives depended on it. Certainly our future does. It will involve the LGBT community throughout the nation. We can argue about whether marriage was the right issue at the right time. But we’re here now, and we have no choice but to fight as hard as we can. This isn’t just about marriage—it’s about ending legal discrimination against gay people on any issue you can think of.
This fight would go down during a national election, one that is energizing liberals and progressives all over the country. California is a blue state, firmly in the Democratic column, and the state’s exception-to-the-hue GOP governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has already come out against amending the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Polls show Californians to be evenly divided on the issue—which isn’t good enough, since a significant chunk of voters don’t want to cop to their bigotry and so tell pollsters they’re for same-sex marriage when they actually intend to vote against it. But an effective campaign, coupled with Democratic GOTV efforts for Obama, could do the trick.
If the supremes in California declare the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2000, to be unconstitutional, it’s going to be the first shot in one short, noisy war. The stakes will be high and the battle will be epic—because if the courts and the voters sign off on same-sex marriage, opponents and haters in California won’t have a leg to stand on.