In what is sure to be a blow to the many homophobic religious zealots that populate our country, California’s Proposition 8, the referendum on gay marriage that appeared on the November 2008 ballot, was struck down today by 9th Circuit Court Judge Vaughn Walker.
Walker could find no reason, logical or illogical, to forbid gays and lesbians to have the same rights to form a family as straights.
“Proposition 8 places the force of law behind stigmas against gays and lesbians, including: gays and lesbians do not have intimate relationships similar to heterosexual couples; gays and lesbians are not as good as heterosexuals; and gay and lesbian relationships do not deserve the full recognition of society.”
That is, just because a marriage between same-sex couples, or even intimate relations between them is harshly criticized in a book that was written thousands of years before America was even suspected to exist does not mean that America, or its states have the right or duty to enforce those ancient ideas.
Because to suggest that they do have that right or duty is to suggest that it is perfectly OK to enforce Islamic Sharia Law in America as well.