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Prop 8 is unconstitutional 
7th-Feb-2012 12:23 pm
Good news

It's seemed clear it was unconstitutional, with even conservative Constitutional scholars arguing against it, but now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has spoken.

Cue "activist judges" rhetoric in 5, 4, 3...

I love this wording:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."
7th-Feb-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yes! ::punches air with fist::
7th-Feb-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
It was a well-written opinion.

No one should ever be allowed to legislate away human rights.
7th-Feb-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)

I like good news. Also, the 9th Circuit is so right about this. Even if you subject laws like that to the easiest test to pass (rational basis), the laws can't pass it. Because there's no rational basis for denying two people the right to marry. It wasn't okay when we denied folks the right to marry on the basis of race, and it's not okay to do so on the basis of gender/sexual orientation.
7th-Feb-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
This is very good news. I have renewed hope that legal marriage will be available to everyone within my lifetime.
7th-Feb-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
That is very good news.
7th-Feb-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
I heart my 9th Circuit!
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