May 28th, 2009


On the proposition 8 Supreme Court of California ruling.

I have been remiss in updating this blog. There were those entries in my head, with such exciting titles as The Saddest Pizza In The World (A True Story), or The Great Garden Battle Of 2009, and I entirely failed to commit them to actual words on account of a complicated mix of 'augh, what if my writing sucks?' and 'surely tomorrow I'll feel like posting'.

Straddling the line between insecurity and procrastination. Story of my life!

But this is important, so let me post right away.

The ruling of the Supreme Court of California re. proposition 8 has caused much sorrow: at first glance, it seems to uphold the ban on gay marriage.

At first glance.

And yet.

Quoting page 36 of the ruling (emphasis mine):

"... Same-sex couples, as well as opposite-sex couples, enjoy the constitutional right, under the privacy and due process clauses of the California Constitution, to establish an officially recognized family relationship. [...] Proposition 8 reasonably must be interpreted in a limited fashion as eliminating only the right of same-sex couples to equal access to the designation of marriage, and as not otherwise affecting the constitutional right of those couples to establish an officially recognized family relationship."

Or, to sum up: same-sex couples have exactly the same constitutional rights as opposite-sex couples, EXCEPT to have their relationship designated with the word 'marriage'.

Under the guise of upholding it, in effect the Supreme Court has eviscerated proposition 8.

Leaving us with only the much lighter concern of finding a new word for marriage. Any ideas? I suppose it can be anything, 'mareej', even 'mariage' -- just NOT, absolutely NOT 'marriage'.

I wonder if 'ǝbɐıɹɹɐɯ' would be allowable. :)

(From Daily Kos, via chris_sawyer.)