California Supreme Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

Proposition 8

The California Supreme Court today upheld the gay marriage ban constitutional amendment, proposition 8.  Gays married before the ban stay married, but no more gay marriage in California.  What this means is that while California is undergoing an economic crisis, it will also be going through a political war waged between supporters and opponents of gay marriage.  This war will pit four constituencies of the Democrat party against each other:   Most Feminists and Gays against most Hispanics and Blacks.  Things will be interesting in the Golden State for the foreseeable future!  More details as they become available.

Update I:  Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  The vote to uphold the constitutionality of the ban was 6-1.

Update II:  The text of the decision is here.

Update III:  A good look at Catholic teaching and the family is contained in the document The Family and Human Procreation and released by the Pontifical Council for the Family in 2006 and available here.

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4 Responses to California Supreme Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

  1. Tito Edwards says:

    What an amazing turn of events.

    It was the court ruling that overturned a similar vote keeping marriage, as it has been and should be, between a man and a woman, that led to Proposition 8 in the first place.

    If they had overturned it, it would have been catastrophic for the rights of individuals.

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    If they had overturned it, it would have revealed how little say the people in California have in how they are governed. If a court can ignore a constitutional amendment, what can’t it ignore?

  3. Gerard E. says:

    May well begin a national signal to commence split between People of Color and Caucasian Libs- the uneasy coalition holding our Democratic Party together. Remember reading a complaint last November following Prop 8’s drubbing at voting booths- shoutout and rare one to Cardinal Mahony for kicking in $1M for Pro-Prop ads. An activist type complained that very little anti-prop literature written en Espanol. Thus the cultural elitism- We Are Superior So You Peasants Should Join Us Automatically. I note numerous mega-churches broadcasting services on TBN have African-American congregations in SoCal. Like that started by the Rev. Fred Price- took over the once-Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, where Magic and Kareem once threw it down. Oh- these folks are well-dressed. Into the gospel of laying up riches for the Kingdom and selves. Perhaps even holding to traditional concept of Man + Woman = True Marriage. Wonder if an Obama-type will give a Notre Dame-type speech on Let Us All Compromise. Not that it will happen, but will be fun watching all the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then again, Massachusetts anD Connecticut are available for the equivalent of Vegas-style ceremonies. Piano-playing preacher’s wife not included.

  4. Alan Phipps says:

    “If a court can ignore a constitutional amendment, what can’t it ignore?”

    It’s technical, but the court could have ignored this only by accepting the argument, proposed by some, that prop 8 wasn’t an amendment in the first place, but rather a constitutional revision, which requires the involvement of the state legislature (which already overwhelmingly supports gay marriage). Fortunately, the court decided that prop 8 was indeed a valid amendment to the constitution.

    But the battle will continue as folks are now looking to overturn prop 8 with another ballot initiative, and this time most likely with the support of the California legislature, as I believe that this would indeed be a constitutional revision.

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