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05 August 2010 @ 01:35 pm
Excerpts from The Honorable Vaughn R. Walker  
I read the entire decision, and these are some of the best bits:

"At oral argument on proponents’ motion for summary the court posed to proponents’ counsel the assumption state’s interest in marriage is procreative” and inquired judgment, that “the how permitting same-sex marriage impairs or adversely affects that interest. Counsel replied that the inquiry was “not the legally relevant question,” id, but when pressed for an answer, counsel replied: 'Your honor, my answer is: I don’t know. I don’t know.'"

And much later:

"[P]roponents, amici and the court, despite ample opportunity and a full trial, have failed to identify any rational basis Proposition 8 could conceivably advance. Proponents,represented by able and energetic counsel, developed a full trial record in support of Proposition 8. The resulting evidence shows that Proposition 8 simply conflicts with the guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Many of the purported interests identified by proponents are nothing more than a fear or unarticulated dislike of same-sex couples. Those interests that are legitimate are unrelated to the classification drawn by Proposition 8. The evidence shows that, by every available metric, opposite-sex couples are not better than their same-sex counterparts; instead, as partners, parents and citizens, opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples are equal. Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause because it does not treat them equally."
Elasaitelasait on August 6th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
"Many of the purported interests identified by proponents are nothing more than a fear or unarticulated dislike of same-sex couples."

Well, duh.

I have to admit: being from a generation where such things were *never* discussed, when the idea of same-sex marriage (as opposed to civil unions and that which, in my parents' day, was called "shacking up") first came to my attention, I was uncomfortable with it. On reflection, I couldn't come up with a single way in which it did anybody any harm, so I changed my opinion.
alataristarionalataristarion on August 6th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I wish more people would reflect on the issue critically, realized that same-sex marriage does not do anybody harm, and change their opinion. It seems to me that a large problem is that many people refuse to do any of the above.
Tiff, Tiffany, Eowyth, Blaze: Legalize Loveblaze_love_fire on August 10th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
This has made me just so so happy all week. :)