Today in a landmark decision the California Supreme Court ruled that Prop 8 was indeed a law thatwould directly discriminate and impact the lives of LGBT California citizens. "The judges specifically avoided drawing any grand constitutional right to marriage, unlike the decision by Mr. Walker. Instead, they decided it onnarrow grounds, referring to California law and its handling of the rights of domestic partnerships, in a way that might make it difficult to extend the logic of the ruling to other states. "
In decisions such as this history has shown us that these type of decisions are always considered state issues at first as our constitution lays it out for us. Once enough states have made the decision that any law prohibiting marriage to anyone would be a violation of the Constitution, then the Supreme Court and Congress can begin to legislate on the matter further.
This is a very sensitive topic for people on all sides, it challenges many religious and moral values people have so it would be interesting to take a look back with this quote about interracial marriages which were also considered to be just as hot of a topic.
Leon M. Bazile, said in Loving v Virginia in upholding the prohibition on interracial marriage:
"Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."
Please visit HRC's story for more information on this and how you can support this blatant oppression and prejudice. http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/federal-appeals-court-agrees-californias-proposition-8-is-unconstitutional