A lower court decision to overturn Prop 8, a ballot initiative which banned same- sex marriage in California, was allowed to stand by the Supreme Court's decision when it vacated the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling on account of legal standing. Gays in the state of California were thus allowed to marry almost immediately, having been unfairly denied this right since 2008. The Religious Conservatives that sponsored Prop 8 have decided to challenge this civil right yet again, first by asking the Supreme Court of California to issue an injunction against same- sex marriage, which was promptly denied and then by insisting that Court address the "baseless claim" that the Supreme Court's decision vacating the Ninth Circuit ruling would only affect the two plaintiffs in the case, not the entire state of California. Just how many changes does the gay community of California have to go through before the Supreme Court simply says "Enough" ?
My husband and I were married in Canada in 2007 and before Prop 8 banned same- sex marriage on that ever so memorable election night in Nov. 2008, my marriage was actually legal for a short time in California but within a span of a couple months, it was no longer recognized and my husband and I were strangers under the laws of California. In the days since the Supreme Court ruling that the Prop 8 supporters had no standing, my marriage was once again recognized in California but should the California Supreme Court determine that this decision only affects the two plaintiffs in the case, I will once again be " everything but married" . Could a heterosexual marriage survive so many changes and vasilations? It all seems like that episode of " I Love Lucy" in which Lucy discovers that her marriage to Ricky really wasn't valid because of a technicality. There are gay- hating politicians in this country such as Rick Santorum and Ken Cuccinelli who have actually advocated not only a nationwide ban on same- sex marriage, but also an invalidation of every same- sex marriage that has been legally performed in this country. If you find that frightening make sure you get to the polls, even in non- presidential years and vote wisely: gay- hating, religious zealots NEVER give up.