Aug. 5th, 2010 10:42 am
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I've said it all over my Facebook by now, but I really feel the need to talk a little more in depth about my feelings on the Prop 8 ruling that finally came about yesterday.

I could not be more impressed with Judge Walker's words. Anyone who hasn't been following along is missing out on a serious chunk of history in the making. Freedom and equality are truly on the horizon now, in a much more tangible sense than ever.

I know that some of you have doubted the seriousness and gravity of this cause, and I recognize that there are other important causes out there which deserve attention. But if you think that no one is being hurt by the bigotry and fear that is still felt by a frightening majority of people in our society, you need to open your eyes. An injustice, however small, is still an injustice. A directed, intended, and deliberately planned injustice, no matter its net impact on people, is harmful and sets an alarming precedent.

The pro-8 side is yelling from the hilltops about the 'will of the people' being overruled by a single judge, as we knew they would. The important thing they are forgetting is that the judge is not a tyrant or a bleeding heart, he is doing his job, and he's doing it well. He used his incredible knowledge of law to determine that Prop 8 is actually unlawful.

I wish that were it - I wish his beautifully written and well thought out words could be the end of this argument. I wish that those who still refuse to listen, those who will read his statements with hate and fear in their hearts would accept that perhaps they should embrace the future and focus on their own lives, but I know better.

So all we can do now is hope that the 9th circuit, and then the US Supreme Court, will conduct themselves with as much thought and consideration as Walker when the case is brought before them. When that is done, perhaps I will turn my attention to starving children or poverty - or maybe something else that's equally controversial. Truthfully, I tend to chose the fight I feel I am best equipped to assist with. I hope that my part in this, however small, has at least provided some clarity and comfort to some.
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