The state’s top court will rule on whether to uphold or strike down Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The justices will also decide whether the state will continue to recognize the estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages carried out in 2008.
I’ll be most interested to watch how these two stories intersect.
“Affording same-sex couples access only to the separate institution of domestic partnership, and denying such couples access to the established institution of marriage, properly must be viewed as impinging upon the right of those couples to have their family relationship accorded respect and dignity equal to that accorded the family relationship of opposite-sex couples.”
The NYTimes’ quotes an earthquake prediction:
“The 18,000 marriages will be evidence that California is not going to fall apart if gay people get married,” Mr. Lok said. “It’s not like there’s not going to be an earthquake.”
Law Dork expects everyone to be displeased:
One way or the other, though, people are not going to be happy at 10:05 a.m. Pacific Time. It’s even possible that both groups will be unhappy, if the court determines that Proposition 8 was a valid enactment and has become a part of California’s Constitution but that the marriages of the 18,000 lesbian and gay couples who married between the court’s marriage ruling and the Proposition 8 vote remain valid.
He counsels hope for those of us who favor marriage equality:
Momentum is on our side, and today’s decision could provide us with a great opportunity. It is not, however, the opportunity to bash the court or otherwise misplace our anger about the slowness of our path to equality. The opportunity will be to organize, to educate and continue to expand equality across the country.
We likely will feel injured, once again, today if the court upholds Proposition 8. But, rather than some inchoate anger at the court, I actually believe the injury we will be feeling is the renewed focus on the hurtful vote of last November.
Pam Spaulding concurs.