Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Perry v. Schwarzenegger Closing Arguments, Prop 8 Supporters Want to Un-recognize 18,000 Legal Marriages

     The closing arguments of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which will determine the fate of marriage equality and the legality of the discriminatory California Proposition 8, begin at 10:00 PST today.

     You can follow the trial at Prop 8 Trial Tracker or follow on Twitter at #Prop8.

     Both sides are going for broke.  Attorney Ted Olson will be arguing for the complete reversal of the discriminatory and anti-gay law.

     Attorney Andrew Pugno and Prop 8's sponsors are not only arguing for the ban to be upheld, but also:
"urging the judge to go a step further and revoke state recognition of the marriages of 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who wed before voters passed Proposition 8...
     Andrew Pugno, an attorney for Prop. 8's backers, said in an interview that the sponsors aren't asking Walker to nullify the 18,000 marriages, but only to rule that government agencies, courts and businesses no longer have to recognize the couples as married."  (San Francisco Chronicle)  
     How does it serve the good of the institution of civil marriage to allow individual agencies, businesses, and people to decide whether they recognize this marriage or that?  These "traditional marriage" supporters are doing more to undermine the institution of marriage than those of us fighting for equal access to it.

     Whatever the outcome, this case is headed to the Catholic dominated Supreme Court.  I expect them to eventually rule on behalf of the Catholic/Mormon sponsored Prop 8.

     That doesn't mean I'm going to give up.


Buffy said...

That particular demand sickens and infuriates me, as well as hurts me in a way I can't adequately describe. It's unlikely it will be granted, at least by Walker, but if it is my wife and I will be moving as soon as possible. Living here in the face of such hatred would be intolerable.

Heretic Tom said...

I don't think that the demand will be met. I read the live transcript of the closing arguments. No on 8 definitely won the day. If we don't win this one, I will be shocked and devastated. I don't know if I'll be staying here in CA either.