Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Bonus Quote of the Day


"Plaintiffs do not seek recognition of a new right. To characterize plaintiffs' objective as 'the right to same-sex marriage' would suggest that plaintiffs seek something different from what opposite-sex couples across the state enjoy -- namely, marriage. Rather, plaintiffs ask California to recognize their relationships for what they are: marriages."

-- California 9th Circuit Judge Vaughn Walker in a ruling that overturns Prop 8, which bans gay marriage

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't get to see common sense this day and age from a government official. Nicely done Judge.

Anonymous said...

I'll start my stopwatch and wait eagerly for the obligatory GOP "legislating from the bench" response.

idiosynchronic said...

Hell, set your stop watch for rants beginning with, "The 9th Circuit Court, the most LIBERAL of the appeals courts . . "

nancy said...

Very nicely done indeed. Equality is a moral value too!

Alanna said...

LOVE it.

Peter L. Winkler said...

One of the best things about this decision is how clearly written the judge's opinion is. Elsewhere, he states, spot on, that moral disapproval is not a basis to deny anyone their rights.

Lex said...

I posted a comment on your blog waaay back on election day when Prop 8 was passed (and Prop 2 in Florida where I live). I wouldn't expect you to remember of course. But it was one of the most depressing days of my life because I was looking forward to it not passing, and showing the country/world that we had become a better place. I pretty much lost it in the days following, and vowed to leave Florida forever and not look back.

In a month or two I'll be leaving for Massachusetts. I don't even have a fiance or boyfriend, but the simple fact that I can't even get married if I wanted to has been distressing me for a very long time. So this is the best news I've had in a long time. The hard feelings from that one election day are being resolved all around the same time, with Prop 8 struck down and me leaving Florida behind forever. It's amazing how something that doesn't even directly affect me can have such an impact.

(And yes, I'm aware there are many other reasons to leave Florida and not look back...)

kanye said...

It's morning again in America. Today more gay men and women will go to the altar than ever before in our country's history. With interest rates at about one third the record highs of 1980, nearly 2,000 gay families today will buy new homes, more than at any time in the past four years. This afternoon 6,500 young gay men and women will become engaged to be married, and with public intolerance at less than half of what it was just forty years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. It's morning again in America, and due to the enlightened decision making of Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker , our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?

L. said...

This makes me endlessly happy for all of the people who can now give their families the same rights that others have enjoyed and taken for granted for a long time.

I just don't understand how anyone can want to deny someone else the chance to have equal rights under the law. You can't deny someone a fishing license because they were born with red hair, so you can't deny two adults a marriage license because they were born gay. The opportunity to have weddings in churches/synagogues/etc. is the only part of this issue that religion should have anything to do with.

Bill Orvis White said...

While I knew about and respected this judge, he's dead-wrong and stuck-on-stupid. For this decision, he will be greeted by Lucifer in the fiery pits of Hell for opening up the floodgates to unlimited, unnatural debauchery to spread across the fruited plain like poisonous cloned locusts.

Attention Judge Walker, you will be judged by The Lord Almighty who will forever banish your filthy soul along with Wiccan Speaker Pelosi, Brain-Damaged Reid and Hussein Obama to the bowels of evil that no man has ever known.

God Bless,
Bill

Jeff B said...

Did I really just read that last comment right? That's some straight-up trolling, but seriously, didja miss the fact that rights are just that, RIGHTS? As in, we all have the right to free speech, and to vote, and to marry, and these rights are inalienable.

We also have freedom of religion, and separation of church & state, which means, just like Judge Walker pointed out very clearly, (quoting Peter L. Winkler here) “…that moral disapproval is not a basis to deny anyone their rights.”

So while you may disapprove of homosexuals, they must be guaranteed the same rights as everyone else. Using your argument, I could say that my morality disapproves of you as an intolerant, bigoted, hateful person, and that you should not be allowed to do things that are guaranteed to those of us who are tolerant. But that's not how it works, and that's why it's called a right.

Chez said...

You new around these parts, Jeff?

Jeff B said...

*sigh* No, I'm not new, but sometimes I just can't stay silent. Just inconceivable to me sometimes, the foulness of what some folks say…

Also, I feel ├╝ber-special for getting a response from the man himself! I hope the little one is healing well.

Chez said...

No, man -- I mean that you're not familiar with "Bill."

Jeff B said...

Oh, I guess I've never noticed his comments previously? At this point now, I'm more amused than anything else, both at my own obliviousness & at this “Bill” character.

Anonymous said...

Bill Orvis White makes me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Yep, always good to get Bill's perspective on things. I love this judge!

Bill Orvis White said...

I'm glad that I make y'all laugh, but as you know, I'm a man of faith and can take it.

You see, I'm on a serious crusade to plug the hole that this country is going down--a hole that leads to the fiery pits of Hell where demons will eat us up for the moral decay which began when we kicked The Lord Almighty out of our schools.

We are on a greasy slippery slope in which we are attached.

God Bless,
Bill

Anonymous said...

oh bill.. the only hole the needs plugging is the one in your ASS. so get busy.