Wednesday, August 4, 2010


The fight certainly isn't over yet, but it's a bold step in the right direction for equality.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker—a longtime federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan—ruled today that California's Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The landmark case will likely land before the Supreme Court to decide the ultimate: if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America.

Cali voters passed the ban in November 2008, five months after the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Both California Attorney General Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to support Proposition 8 in court.

Currently, same-sex couples can wed only in Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and D.C. I'll be soaking my false teeth by the time this is resolved, but baby steps are at least strides forward.