“No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.” ~Rita Mae Brown
UPDATE 8/12/10: This afternoon, all major news outlets and blogs reported that Judge Vaughn Walker has lifted the stay on his landmark decision, effective August 18th–with a corollary. That corollary is that he has done so while also deciding to let the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have a crack at staying the decision if they want to–meaning gay marriages may resume in California on Wednesday, but it’s up to the Ninth Circuit Court. I’ve read more than one report describing the Ninth Circuit as the most liberal court on their level, however, so have hope. More to follow, as always. Special thanks to Joe Jervis, David Badash and Rob Tisinai for keeping us informed.
UPDATE 8/6/10: Joe Jervis is reporting that both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown (who, in full disclosure, is running for governor of California against Republican Meg Whitman) have filed motions opposing the extension of Judge Walker’s stay and to immediately resume gay marriages in California. Watch Mr. Jervis’s blog for updates.
UPDATE 8/6/10: I received an e-mail from The Courage Campaign stating that the extreme right-wing group The American Family Association is pushing Congress to impeach Judge Vaughn Walker due to the fact that he has been reported to be gay.
Congratulations to everyone who poured their blood, sweat and tears into making this decision a reality.
Bear in mind that we still have work to do, as this case will enter the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. We have a really good shot here, particularly if the legal argument for the conservative side remains as abysmal as it was throughout this level. It got to the point where, despite the fact that I disagree with the Prop 8 proponents on every legal and moral ground imaginable, I started to think I could argue their case better than their attorneys were (and I’m not a lawyer). It was bad. My mom thinks Charles Cooper threw the fight. Heh.
Anyway, we need to grow the campaign, progressives! The Courage Campaign, The American Foundation for Equal Rights, NOH8 Campaign, Lambda Legal and Equality California could all use your help. If you can spare anything, please donate.
Embrace this victory. It has been a historic day, and it is truly the start of something wonderful.
Check out some incredible blog entries: David Badash gives us the highlights, and Rob Tisinai arms us with information to argue down the fundies and the bigots. You should also be following the updates over at Joe. My. God. and following David’s Prop 8 News Twitter list.
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