Good News for All Californians Endowed with Unalienable Rights.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 7, 2012
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“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,”

said the court in its ruling.

Via The Daily What.

The case will now likely head to the Supreme Court. Because it was narrowly passed, it is less likely according to the NY Times’ sources that the Supreme Court would use this opportunity to give GLBTQ community equal rights…but they may narrowly define a step forward nevertheless.

The NY Times. Excerpt, click for the full story:

“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently,” Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt wrote in the decision. “There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted.”

Mitt Romney denounced the decision as an attack by “unelected judges” on “traditional marriage” and predicted that the Supreme Court would decide the issue. “That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values,” he said.


We covered Prop 8 like crazy back in the day.

And before that, we featured Gay Rights on our cover well before any other mainstream non-gay or civil rights-focused magazine did.

So this comes as a truly happy ending.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Good News for All Californians Endowed with Unalienable Rights.”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    "Mitt Romney denounced the decision as an attack by unelected judges on traditional marriage."

    First of all, it's not an attack on traditional marriage. No one who wants a traditional marriage will be denied one.

    The shot at "unelected judges", though, has some merit. Judges ruling in favor of human rights, as in this case, is great. But when judges use their power to promote activist government or to rewrite the Constitution, some mechanism for removal, such as election, is probably desirable.