Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OneAngryAlly: Followup: Yes, Prop 8 is Still History

Hello, friends, your crotchety companion here again (doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it? Oh well).

Earlier this week I told you about the Prop 8 supporters' most recent exercise in bigotry; having learned that Judge Walker, who had provided the ruling last summer striking down this hateful ruling, was himself gay, attorneys for the cause launched a counterattack questioning the validity of Walker's ruling, and, indeed, his impartiality in the matter.

That's the face of Justice!

Fortunately, saner heads prevailed, and yesterday a federal judge denied the motion to vacate Walker's ruling.

In an intelligently written ruling in which he pretty much lays the smackdown, Judge James Ware writes that "it is not reasonable to presume that a judge is incapable of making an impartial decision about the constitutionality of a law, solely because, as a citizen, the judge could be affected by the proceedings," which was the same argument I made earlier.

So, after a little kerfluffle, Prop 8 stands as having been struck down, and the only thing that has changed is that its wingnut supporters look even a little bit more bigoted. Hey, anti-gay-marriage Californians: Time to let it go.


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