As you probably know, the California Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on Proposition 8. This report from the San Francisco Chronicle is grim; the justices’ comments indicate that they may be ready to uphold the ban on gay marriages in California. The article includes this foreboding passage:
“There have been initiatives that have taken away rights from minorities by majority vote” and have been upheld by the courts, said Chief Justice Ronald George. “Isn’t that the system we have to live with?”
If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the justices are also expected to allow the 18,000 couples who married prior to Prop 8’s passage to remain legally married. Still, though, allowing people to vote on whether other people can marry sets a chilling precedent. It is a setback, to be sure, but we need to make sure it’s a rallying cry to make our voices heard, rather than a rebuke that silences us. We must continue to work to achieve equal rights for everyone regardless of orientation.