Judge Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban

In 2008, when a voter-sponsored ballot initiative called Proposition 8 passed, there was a lot of anguish among self’s friends.

Over the past several days, self has been in a writing-induced fog (This means: messy house, whine-y dogs, no groceries, barely palatable dinners, dying plants, grumpy husband, etc etc!), but even this news managed to make a dent in self’s brain:

PROPOSITION 8 OVERTURNED

Two years ago, a lot of money and time was spent in California, by people on both sides of the debate, each side passionately going at it hammer and tongs. In retrospect, self thinks now: What. A. Ridiculous. Brouhaha.

How much money was spent printing and mailing out all of those ballots? Why were we Californians subjected to such a crushing waste of time? Who was responsible for this travesty? That is why living in California so crazy-making. Not only is the state in a huge financial hole, every year or so we citizens get hauled out to vote on some proposition or other. When self looks at those ballots stuffed into her mailbox, voter guides that are as thick as Vanity Fair, for heaven’s sake, she wonders: Why? Why? Why? All those amendments, propositions, measures (most of which are fairly transparent strategies to wring more money from out the voter’s pockets), all those special elections, special ballot initiatives, all of that money — thrown down the drain, into the toilet.

Here’s from the Christian Science Monitor:

Federal Judge Vaughan Walker Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional a state-wide ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for a series of appeals in a landmark case likely headed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Now that Proposition 8 has been overturned, the decision potentially opens the way for resumption of legal marriages between gay and lesbian partners in the nation’s largest state.

Anyhoo, this evening self decided to check her Stanford Alumni website. On the home page was this headline:

ALUM JUDGE OVERTURNS BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Really??? Judge Vaughan Walker is a Stanford alum? Apparently he was JD ’70.

The Stanford Alumni website quoted Judge Walker as saying:

That the majority of California voters supported Proposition 8 is irrelevant. Fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote.

IF ONLY someone had told that to the supporters of Proposition 8, before they had to get us all hot and bothered over this rigamarole. Self is mad, not at the judge (who she applauds), but at the people who yank us around, having us trudge wearily to the polls to decide heaven-knows-what.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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