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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Prop. 8 Overturned: Hey Obama! Read the Ruling!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

click to enlarge Glory, glory hallelujah! - GABOR GARDONYI
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  • Glory, glory hallelujah!
Today, Judge Vaughn Walker drove a stake into the heart of Prop 8. And then he pounded the stake with a sledge hammer. And then he jumped up and down on it.

Victorious lawyers Ted Olson and David Bois summarized Walker's decision at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon by saying that Walker found marriage to be a fundamental right of citizenship, that depriving gays and lesbians the right to marriage harms them and their children, and that there is no redeeming social value -- no "state interest" -- in upholding Prop. 8.

In the back of my head I heard Nelson Muntz cackle, "Ha ha!"

There are more summaries and analysis of this decision than anyone can reasonably take in right now.  The Courage Campaign's Prop 8 Trial Tracker is a good read.  Dr. Jillian T. Weiss from Bilerico is also a reliable smarty pants source of information. You can, of course, read the analysis and excerpts of Walker's ruling right here on SF Weekly. Olson and Boies suggest very simply that everyone should read the decision itself. Ted Olson emphasized that Walker's decision "...will be taught in law schools.  Millions will read his opinion and be influenced."  Consequently, attitudes toward marriage equality will change.

Let's hope so, Mr. Olson.  One person with an attitude that could use some changing is celebrating his 49th birthday today -- President Obama.  The White House issued a statement about the decision that couldn't have possibly been more terse: "The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans."

Hey, Mr. Prez -- we got  your change right here!
  • Hey, Mr. Prez -- we got your change right here!
That is so profound.

Liza Minnelli issued a statement that was practically orgasmic in comparison to the one issued by our fierce advocate.  She called the decision "wonderful news."  Would it kill you to be happy for us, Mr. President?  Even our enemies have more passion.

The National Organization for Marriage -- a band of gay-hating Gypsies touring the Midwest to cheer on heterosexual supremacy this summer -- issued a statement that said (in part), "This ruling, if allowed to stand, threatens not only Prop 8 in California but the laws in 45 other states that define marriage as one man and one woman." I asked David Boies for his response to that statement. 

He said, "No harm comes to anyone's rights by way of this decision. Judge Walker showed that same-sex couples add stability and value to the institution of marriage. The facts as spelled out in the decision demonstrate this to be true.  I challenge anyone that believes what is said in that press release to read this decision and then tell me who is harmed."

Mr. Obama, you may be hiding behind a willowy veneer of politicized rhetoric by having your people issue a bland statement of support. That doesn't make you a fierce advocate to anyone but yourself and your obedient followers. You should read this decision, Mr. President, and then tell us why it is that you think it is acceptable to allow any state to strip same-sex couples of their right to equal protection and due process.

Are you still too busy trying to find a way to sound like an advocate without actually having to be one? 

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag and he is tired of waiting for someone in power to tell the bigots to shut the hell up and go away. 

Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @TheSnitchSF  

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