Separate But Not Equal:California Court Upholds Prop 8

27May09

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Today the California Supreme Court ruled to uphold Proposition 8, the state ban on same-sex marriage. While this is a terrible setback in the struggle for equal rights, there was a glimmer of light in that the state will continue to recognize the thousands of marriages performed legally before the passing of Proposition 8 last November.

The LGBT community, along with its allies, will continue to fight Proposition 8 (or Proposition H8, as it is known by those who oppose it). I look forward to the day when all human beings are granted the same legal rights, terminology, respect and dignity regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, race, physical ability or lifestyle.

A civil union is not the same thing as marriage, that is clear. It was made pretty apparent during the civil rights movement that separate is not equal – so why offer separate ways for humans to celebrate and make official their love and commitment?

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