Two good pieces of news today, from the San Francisco Chronicle. Only 54% of Californians support changing the State Constitution to make marriage only available to men and women. This is good news because in 2000 61.4% of Californians voted for Prop. 22, which banned gay marriage. That drop is over 7% in 8 years. It is possible that the anti-gay marriage proposed amendment will fail in November. And what will happen then to these right wing fundamentalists and their ‘majority’ view?
Another piece of good news is that although the groups that support the now-dead Prop 22 and the horrible Alliance Defense Fund, which is a group of lawyers started by Jerry Falwell (which tells you all you need to know about this group) have requested a stay of the new law that struck down Prop. 22, it is unlikely that will happen:
"An expert on the California Supreme Court said the court almost never grants rehearings.
Additionally, "It could be considered improper for the court to hold its decision for what are essentially political reasons," said Stephen Barnett, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law."
And apparently there are some county clerks who may not be happy following the law. You know what I say to that? Fire them. Let them work for a church that discriminates. If they can’t follow state law, they shouldn’t have a job with the state. This is like pharmacists who don’t want to give out certain drugs or doctors who don’t want to treat certain patients. You can’t have a clerk refusing to marry Christians because he is Jewish, or Buddhist, nor can you have a clerk refuse to marry gays and lesbians because he/she disagrees with it.
Finally, I read the other day that the Chief Justice of the Cal. State Supreme Court, a Republican nominee, who helped make Prop. 22 unconstitutional, did so because he remembers going through the south and seeing signs for segregation. He knew that was wrong, just like he knew that treating gays and lesbians different from other groups is wrong. I have never been so happy and supportive of Republicans before. 🙂