Amazing news from California where the Federal Court has ruled that the ban on gay marriage in California cannot withstand any scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause of the United States constitution.
Excerpts from the federal court decision that found Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution.
Lovely photos here of the reaction to the news.
Great line from LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “the court has affirmed that love doesn’t discriminate.” This from Lady Gaga on Twitter: “At the moments notice of PROP 8 DEATH I instantly began to write music. … THIS IS JUST THE BEGININNG!”
The state has no interest, according to the judgement, in disadvantaging selected groups. Private moral views do not count as a basis for legal restraints on couples.
Most importantly the fact that voters rejected the right to marriage equality is irrelevant because: “fundamental rights may not be submitted to [a] vote.” Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals!