CA Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8

Protests have already begun over the latest setback in marriage equality in California. As more of these events are organized, I will let you all know. The national level groups like GLAAD and HRC are calling for people to do more outreach to churches and communities of color. While I agree that this has to happen, and that this was one of the major failings of the original campaign to defeat the prop, it does read a little bit like still blaming the oft-maligned but not statistically responsible black community.  Unfortunately, much of the media footage continues to show the queer community as largely white in a state in which there is probably one of the most diverse queer communities in the union . . .

Justice Carlos Moreno’s dissent, to the California Supreme Court decision:

Denying gays and lesbians the right to marry, by wrenching minority rights
away from judicial protection and subjecting them instead to a majority vote, attacks
the very core of the equal protection principle… Proposition 8 represents an unprecedented instance of a majority of voters altering the meaning of the equal protection clause by modifying the California Constitution to require deprivation of a fundamental right on the basis of a suspect classification. The majority’s holding is not just a defeat for same-sex couples, but for any minority group that seeks the protection of the equal protection clause of the California Constitution.

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