California’s gay marriage ban has been overturned. The bigots behind it were able to scare voters into fearing whatever it is they fear happening if gay people get married, but they couldn’t muster a single plausible argument against it in court – and have utterly, utterly lost. They gave it their best shot, and all their pablum was exposed as the contradictory, inconsistent stupidity it really is.
Opponents of common sense, justice and fairness will now be resting their taking-other-people’s-rights-away-for-no-good-reason hopes on the very conservative US Supreme Court. But even that Republican-stacked entity has to apply some version of the law: could even they redefine “equal protection” and “due process” to permit the cruelty of, in the absence of any harm being identified, outlawing somebody’s marriage? (A cruelty which, apparently unaware of the irony, the anti-equality side relied on in its request to have this order stayed pending their appeal.)
It’s a long way from over. The order will probably be stayed, meaning no gay marriages yet, and I wouldn’t rely on the US Supreme Court to come down on the side of reason, necessarily – but it’s a wonderful step. The bigots have had their empty arguments called out for the vacuous claptrap they’ve always been. It’s good to see.
MEANWHILE: Here in Australia, we have the two biggest parties determined to discriminate against gay and lesbian people for as long as possible, despite neither of them having an argument any stronger than “that’s the way John Howard defined it”.
I don’t know how anybody with a sense of justice or fairness could give their first preference to either of them.
ELSEWHERE: Last Wednesday’s Daily Show reports on the homosexual NAZI menace.