Thursday, May 15, 2008
Planning a move to Cali?
Today, the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage! How fantastic is this?!?? Their ruling says that providing two systems of family recognition, one called domestic partnership and one called marriage, “realistically must be viewed as constituting significantly unequal treatment to same-sex couples.” The state does not have a compelling interest in “limiting the designation of marriage exclusively to opposite-sex couples, and in excluding same-sex couples.” Excluding lesbian and gay couples from marriage “works a real and appreciable harm on same-sex couples and their children.” OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU READING WHAT I'M READING?!?!?!?!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?! Two different (but theoretically equal) things might not be equal after all and could result in unequal treatment? (DUH!) The state has no compelling interest in continuing to discriminate? (GLAD TO HEAR IT.) Excluding whole groups does harm to those groups and their families? (NO FRIGGIN' SHIT!!!) A change is happening - slowly but surely. Gays and Lesbians could begin getting married in as little as 30 days from now! Of course, DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) ensures that even though we could go there and get married, our wonderful home state would not be required to recognize the union. And, the opposition is already starting the actions for a constitutional amendment. But, still, it's a start. ********I will be the first to admit that I've spent at least 30 minutes browsing jobs in California and trying to determine the difference in the cost of living. Just the thought of a legal family unit is extremely compelling. If Bub and I could get married, then she could legally adopt the boys not long after that. What a great piece of mind that would bring!