The long road ahead for the Prop. 8 ruling and how stars can help shine the way

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."

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect example of wedded bliss than Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

Judge Walker: “The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent.”

Sara Gilbert and Allison Adler have quietly, openly, lovingly been raising their children and will soon share them with the world on The Talk.

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.

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