The California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage in our state! It’s a great day for love, equality, and common sense on the West Coast.
But we’re not out of the woods yet. The bigots can always try for a constitutional amendment:
A coalition of religious and social conservative groups is attempting to put a measure on the November ballot that would enshrine laws banning gay marriage in the state constitution.
The Secretary of State is expected to rule by the end of June whether the sponsors gathered enough signatures to qualify the marriage amendment, similar to ones enacted in 26 other states.
If voters pass the measure in November, it would trump the court’s decision.
I was out last month campaigning against getting this measure on the ballot (going to places like Wal-Mart where paid signature gatherers were, and informing the public on why not to sign), and was happy to learn that a lot of people were on our side, and even more didn’t care enough one way or another to sign anything. Though the “Limits on Marriage” petition’s numbers of signatures were low, they maaaaaaaay have just enough to squeak by and get this on the November ballot. But even then, I doubt very much that they’ll get the votes they need to have the Amendment pass.
Unfortunately, I don’t see what would prevent this from becoming a federal case that might go to the United States Supreme Court. Since even the California State Supreme Court only overturned this by 4-3, I imagine that Scalia, Thomas, and their brethren would shoot down our state’s ruling in a hissy fit, and then all state-sanctioned same-sex marriage everywhere would be illegal again. Hopefully by the time that comes around, attitudes will have relaxed and Capitol Hill will be more liberal, and who knows, maybe we’ll have a new appointee to the Supreme court who doesn’t go hunting with evil war criminals.
Update: Crooks and Liars has a great TV clip up on their site, if audio/video is your thang.