Here we go again.
With bated breath I have waited for this day to come, and the Day of Decision for the federal trial of the Prop 8 challenge will be happening Wednesday Aug. 4, 2010. Why I care so much about this Prop 8 stuff and being on the front lines of it, when I feel like I’m in the back of the line when it comes to finding a true, genuine, loyal and communicative partner of my own, baffles me. It’s almost as baffling as trying to create a great foundation with someone - and it happens -, and then one day you find yourself dumped after a couple of years and the person who used to call you best friend doesn’t even want to say hi or hello once in a while - unless they want something. In a nutshell, the path to finding a love to call your own outside of self love is not always kind nor easy from my perspective; but for some reason, I gotta show up and show my support. It has to do with that little part of me who just can’t come to terms with the fact that I’ll end up alone, or that the silence exuding from the person whom you believe to be your soulmate isn’t because they lied about their ability to commit to anyone and is off flirting with people in spite of what they communicated to you, or did not. I suppose I just believe in love, but more so, I believe in the rights of people to be who they are and if they choose, I believe in their right (rite) to marry whomever they want, without politics. Literally.
I mean, I don’t see any LGBTQ people voting on straight marriages. Though, that would be the rub, now wouldn’t it?
So, here’s a great site to which you can see updates about gatherings for Decision Day. It is posted below through the most recent update (2 updates total), but you’re going to want to check back for more updates and to read their article with the links they have in the post.
Also, text EQUAL to 69866 to get the Decision Day verdict when its out tomorrow, if you like instant news via cell.
And if you’d like to see some of my past writings of marches since this all began, you can go to my E-Newsie archive - Pride & Freedom Issue.
To love and especially to life! But regardless of where you are in love, or in confusion, or in waiting or this or that, just remember to still be love and radiate your truths.
Prop 8 Decision to be Announced Wednesday - LAist
The judge presiding over the federal trial challenging Prop 8, which banned same sex marriage in California, will announce his decision on Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Bee. No specific release time has been mentioned, but sources close to the trial have told LAist that decisions can be released as early as 12 a.m. [Update: The decision will be filed sometime between 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the court]
No matter the outcome, the decision is expected to be appealed.
Plans for a rally in West Hollywood have been in the works since last month, but organizers were waiting for a date. More details on events will come to light soon.
Update: “Expect the West Hollywood rally - on San Vicente Boulevard south of Santa Monica Boulevard - to begin at 7pm, however commuter travel is expected to slow earlier,” says WeHo News. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the case forward, said the WeHo rally may tentatively begin at 6 p.m.
Update #2: A rally with members from over 15 LGBT and ally community groups will also be held at Olvera Street from 8 to 10 p.m. “Members of Latino, Asian/Pacific-Islander, African-American, Middle-Eastern, LGBT and other communities gather to show their solidarity for social justice after the District Court announces its decision on Proposition 8, the California legislation that bans marriage between same-sex couples,” according to an advisory from the Latino Equality Alliance.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturns Prop 8 and deems it unconstitutional!!!
Judge strikes down Prop. 8, allows gay marriage in California [Updated]
August 4, 2010 | 1:48 pm
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
[Updated at 1:54 p.m.: “Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the judge wrote. “Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Vaughn added: “Plaintiffs seek to have the state recognize their committed relationships, and plaintiffs’ relationships are consistent with the core of the history, tradition and practice of marriage in the United States.“
Ultimately, the judge concluded that Proposition 8 “fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. … Because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.”]
Walker, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, heard 16 witnesses summoned by opponents of Proposition 8 and two called by proponents during a 2½-week trial in January.
Walker’s historic ruling in Perry vs. Schwarzenegger relied heavily on the testimony he heard at trial. His ruling listed both factual findings and his conclusions about the law.
Voters approved the ban by a 52.3% margin six months after the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was permitted under the state Constitution.
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