Judge Walker Rules: Same-Sex Marriage Allowed, But Not Yet.

The judge’s decision was expected by noon. Seconds ticked by as the anxious crowd on the steps of the courthouse waited patiently. Couples waited with plans to mark this historic day by exercising their re-established, constitutional right to wed.

San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom, boldly addressed the media with the statement that “Californians had waited long enough.” There’s no reason for those individuals, waiting to exercise their right to marriage, to have to wait a single day longer. Expectations were high that Judge Walker would rule in favor of removing the stay on his previous judgement, clearing the way for the matrimonial ceremonies and celebrations.

At 12:40pm PST, Judge Walkers decision was announced. Equality wins the day… kind of. Judge Walker has ruled to lift the stay on his August 4, 2010, judgement striking down Proposition 8, but not yet. California’s ban on same-sex marriage will not be lifted until August 18, 2010, at 5:00pm PST. Six more days.

Another bitter-sweet moment in a long fight against the forces of bigotry and oppression. Plans for immediate ceremonies have once again had to be shelved. The specter of legal machinations by the opposition have been left to hang over the heads of all concerned.

Charles Cooper and the Proposition 8 legal team now have six days to try to compel a higher court to reinstate the stay on same-sex marriage. The psychological and emotional toll on the persons affected continues to get ratcheted up as their constitutional rights hang in the balance.

In the meantime, a delayed and tenuous victory is all that’s left to hold on to. Marriage plans will have to wait, yet again. Equal rights will be denied, for a little while longer. It’s been a long and difficult struggle. It’s easy to hope for a quick resolution, but none will be forthcoming.

The agents of oppression will continue their efforts to deny the rights of others based on their own religiously based bias. Those for the cause of equal rights, and the right to same-sex marriage, will continue their courageous battle as well. It’s sure to be a long and potentially eventful six days.


4 Responses to Judge Walker Rules: Same-Sex Marriage Allowed, But Not Yet.

  1. Shivabeach August 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    how do you win a fight going against the Constitution? Will they use religion to trump the Constitution? If so we are in a very deep conundrum. do we live in a theocracy or do we live in a constitutional government.

    This is certainly a time when there are two sets of morals. Where is the morality of the Constitution which affords us certain rights. There is a morality of religion does not want you to have those certain rights. Who will win? I’m hoping the Constitution does

    • contributor August 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      It must. It simply must. There is no other adequate or satisfactory resolution. Putting the rights of a minority to a vote is unconstitutional as it is. People have been patient enough with this unnecessary and cruel process. No more.

  2. Carmen M August 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

    The US government and its laws are based on secular not religious doctrines. Therefore, religion has no place in determining the rights accorded to by US citizens

  3. Winston Court August 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    If the courts have no respect for marriage having been defined in Genesis 2:18-24 for thousands of years, and done so at a time before the existence of the government and courts of man, then how can the courts expect us, American Citizens, to have respect for their flash-in-the-pan decisions? If government is about bringing on the demise of our present civilization, they could not be doing a better job of it. Other than that, I think their decisions will fall upon those who know not to uphold the law of man above the law of God.
    Hey, is it just me or, does old judge walker look like a homowhore from the castro district of san fransicko who has seen its’ best trick a long time ago?

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