In the meantime, what can we do to harness all the big, gay, happy energy out there? How can we make all this star power shine the way toward a Supreme Court victory that could spell the end of the ban on same-sex marriage across the entire country? Quite simply, by living the words of esteemed Judge Walker in his 138-page ruling. In no uncertain terms, his decision dismantled the arguments against same-sex marriage.
And while we take his findings of fact to be self evident, it never hurts to have some high-profile examples to remind the public why we all deserve an equal shot at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Judge Walker: "Same-sex couples are identical to opposite-sex couples in the characteristics relevant to the ability to form successful marital unions."
Judge Walker: “The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent.”
Judge Walker: “Permitting same-sex couples to marry will not affect the number of opposite-sex couples who marry, divorce, cohabit, have children outside of marriage or otherwise affect the stability of opposite-sex marriages.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the day after Jane Lynch and Lara Embry announced they were married, a flood of straight couples marriages didn’t suddenly crumple at the weight of their new union. Though, admittedly, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a few people might have given up in despair because they’ll never be as adorable as Jane and Lara together.
Judge Walker: “The campaign to pass Proposition 8 relied on stereotypes to show that same-sex relationships are inferior to opposite-sex relationships.”
Take one look at Rachel Maddow and Susan Mikula together and I dare you to say that they are in any way inferior.
In the end, you what makes this court decision so great is what makes it so simple. We’re a county built on fundamental rights. Those rights aren’t up for discussion and certainly aren’t up for a vote. As Judge Walker also wrote: “That the majority of California voters supported Proposition 8 is irrelevant, as ‘fundamental rights may not be submitted to [a] vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.’”
The fight ahead is long and tough and arduous. But we have something on our side the other side has never had: The truth.