Tuesday, February 7, 2012

9th Circuit Court supports civil rights in California

A panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today upheld a federal judge's decision that California's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.
Restated, the ban is malicious discrimination, pure and simple.

With this ruling, Californians are one step closer to having their civil rights restored.

Meanwhile, North Carolina Republicans have put a more restrictive ban on the ballot for May. While I sincerely hope that voters will stand up for civil rights in this state, a broader court ruling that establishes these rights once and for all may not be too far off.