The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will issue its ruling today on whether Proposition 8, which overturned legalized same-sex marriage in California in 2008, stands or falls.
Expect “mayhem” — and more appeals, NBC’s Bay Area site says.
After Proposition 8 was challenged by gay couples seeking to marry, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the ballot measure a violation of the Constitution’s equality guarantee. That August 2010 decision is the focus of the appeal, brought by proponents of Prop 8.
Under all the legalese is a fundamental clash of values.
Walker’s Prop 8 opinion offered a portrait of 21st century marriage. After examining how several major religious groups condemn either homosexual identity or behavior or both, Walker spelled out in all capital letters in the decision:
A PRIVATE MORAL VIEW THAT SAME-SEX COUPLES ARE INFERIOR TO OPPOSITE-SEX COUPLES IS NOT A PROPER BASIS FOR LEGISLATION…California’s obligation is to treat its citizens equally, not to “mandate [its] own moral code.”
Walker said, essentially, ‘Believers, it’s not about you.” more