Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Separate is Not Equal by Gavin Newsom

I kind of hate Gavin Newsom, but this is pretty much the only issue I agree with him on. And for those not in the know, Gavin Newsom is the San Francisco mayor who on Valentines Day Weekend in 2004 allowed several thousand same-sex couples to be married in San Francisco City Hall.

from Daily Kos

Separate Is Not Equal
by Gavin Newsom
Tue Mar 04, 2008 at 11:48:44 AM PST

Four years ago, when Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon and more than 4,000 other couples said "I Do" this country took an irrevocable step toward securing equality for every American.

While many feel what we did was too much, too fast, too soon – we stand firm in the belief that our actions were not only just, but legal and constitutional. The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the pursuit of happiness.

Today, the California Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether excluding gay couples from marriage violates the state constitution. Today, these Justices have a unique chance to follow in the proud tradition of California's high court, which took a courageous stand on marriage equality in 1948 when it ruled that the state's ban on inter-racial marriage was unconstitutional.

Four years ago, when we started this process we knew this day would come – that we would have the opportunity to argue for justice and equality before the state Supreme Court. Whatever the Justices decide, the struggle will go on, both in the courts and at the ballot box.

Right now, the same groups that sponsored the 2000 California ballot measure reinforcing the prohibition on same-sex marriages are circulating petitions that would write discrimination into the state Constitution and overturn laws granting benefits to same-sex couples.

Right now, as the Justices are hearing arguments on what I believe is the civil rights issue of our time, we have a chance to take a stand against hate, against injustice, and stand up for equality.

Please – take a moment right now and go to equalityforall.com and join the "Decline to Sign" campaign to discourage people from signing these dangerous and hateful petitions. The very best way we can show the Court, not to mention the governor, the state legislature and the country that equality should not be whim to popular opinion or the political winds, is to stop the newest effort to legalize discrimination.

No matter the outcome of today's arguments, it is clear that this battle will continue. I, for one, believe that it is a fight worth fighting and never giving up on, until we have won.

If you have a chance today, check out Judge Richard Kramer's opinion from 2004 in support of marriage equality. He offers a well reasoned, dispassionate analysis of the fundamental right to marry. His decision was overturned – but I believe that his reasoning will prevail, if not today then someday.

2 comments:

harsh said...

eddorama, I agree with his sentiment, but I just can't stand behind a guy who's a big enough douche to boff his buddy's wife while she's off the wagon

eddo said...

Harsh!!

Yeah, I totally hate Gavin Newsom and have never voted for him, but I do agree with this particular stance.

It also reminds me of pretty much his only "accomplishment" while in office, which is sad because it was easily overturned by the courts and because he's pretty much done nothing for the city except for inspire stupid depressed white chicks who try to recreate Sex and the City in SF.