Thursday, September 08, 2005

State legislators legalize gay marriage

In a surprising move, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. Of course, Schwarzenneger was quick to distance himself from the legislation of an issue that's been overshadowed by the war in Iraq, among other things. Citing Prop. 22, his spokeswoman stated:
The governor believes the matter should be determined not by legislative action - which would be unconstitutional - but by court decision or another vote of the people of our state.

(More at the LA Times)

Of course, that would mean those "activist" courts getting involved in the matter... why is it then more appropriate for a court to determine the law than the legislature that writes it?

I would love to say that this action is a huge victory for same-sex couples. It is very significant, being that California is the first state to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage. And it seems that Prop. 22 may not have been an accurate representation of the "will of the people" on this matter, and that issue will be taken up by the state Supreme Court. But I can't help but feel that as long as partisan politics play into this issue, on both sides, an honest dialogue will not developed. Americans have to realize that same-sex marriage is in no way a threat to straight marriages, or to our way of life, or any of the other reasons that its opponents give, before the tide will turn on this matter. That means that Americans will have to stop allowing themselves to be manipulated by the media, and I don't see that happening any time soon.

But the same could have been said of any civil rights issue, which is why I, and many progressives, support affirmative action. It took legislative as well as judicial interferance to allow school and public integration, and to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender or religion. Why should sexual orientation be any different?

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