I was driving home from teaching at the university and heard that the State Supreme Court will probably give its finding tomorrow. When I heard this, I felt my stomach lurch. I’ve been dreading this day since Nov. when the will of Christian majority tried to impose its religious principles on all of us. I’m usually pessimistic, so I usually expect the worst. 🙂 Tomorrow the Court could say that Prop. 8 stands because of the will of the majority can change the state constitution—regardless of what the ‘will’ of the people want. With that ruling it could cancel my marriage. I’ve heard talk that it could say that Prop. 8 stands, but that the 18,000 or so marriages will stand as well. That would be good for me, but it would horrible as well—I wouldn’t like to be part of a special minority that has received a right when the rest of my friends who waited cannot get married. The Court can also toss out Prop. 8 on the basis that the majority (even though it is only 51.9%) cannot decide civil rights issues. Of course, that is the outcome I am hoping for. It seems that if the Court decided that marriage was a civil right for all citizens, I have a hard time imagining that it will allow the citizens to take away a right that has already been given. But I am also expecting the worst.
I asked Doug the other night what he was going to do once he was a free man! 🙂 Doug is an eternal optimist so he thinks that even if Prop. 8 stands, things will change. I have to agree with that—I am just sick of waiting to be treated as an equal in the eyes of the government.
We’ll see. It won’t be an easy night to sleep and I may have to pretend that our marriage ceremony at San Francisco City Hall was just a dream and that it never happened in reality (just like “Dallas”).