As the California Supreme Court hears arguments today about the validity of Proposition 8 and the approximately 18,000 same-sex marriages performed before last November’s election, I want to simply say that we should never be putting such fundamental rights up for a popular vote.
That we even have to argue against eliminating these rights in court shows that we have long way to go in order to ensure gays and lesbians have true equality under the law, even in a state as diverse as California. Additionally, as a person of color and a long-time supporter of women’s rights, it is distressing that our principles of equal protection may be further eroded as a result of this case.
Discrimination has no place in our state constitution, and I hope the justices on the bench will share that opinion.
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