Nov 17, 2008

Prop 8 Challenged in Court and On the Streets

On November 4, the voters of California passed Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to say that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Since then, protests all over the state have demonstrated that California's LGBT citizens -- and many thousands of their straight allies -- aren't willing to accept the amendment of the Constitution to deprive one class of people of equal protection under the law. And on Saturday, November 15, a coordinated national protest against Prop. 8 and for marriage equality drew crowds in cites all over the country -- some as small as 15 people, and some with many thousands, as this interesting and rather charming list of protest attendance from the organizing website Join the Impact shows. 

At the same time, the California Supreme Court is being asked to review the validity of Prop. 8. The day after the election, a lawsuit was filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU, and Lambda Legal, asking the high court to declare Prop. 8 invalid on the basis that it is a revision to the Constitution, rather than an amendment, and therefore can't be approved by a simple majority vote.

There's no way of knowing what the Supreme Court's time frame might be on this. In the meantime, there's no question that the marriage equality movement has been re-energized. More to come on this.

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