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California gay couples rejoice but can’t marry yet

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  1. Worrying. These hateful appeals by homophobic bigots could delay this for years.

    I hope that same-sex couples will be allowed to exercise their civil rights in the next few days (isn’t it sickening that we need permission to exercise our civil rights, simply because we are gay.

    If gay couples can start marrying in a few days, then it will be great. It makes overturning the court’s ruling even more difficult.

    Go California.

  2. Thomas in FloriDuh, USA 5 Aug 2010, 1:07pm

    I think the tide is shifting towards equality in America. It’s just a matter of time. And it is only through the federal courts that it will arrive across the land. There is no way (given the ignorance and religiosity) that it can happen any other way… This is particularly true in the backwards South (such as FloriDuh).

  3. This will obviously go to the Supreme Court and I think that could be many months, running to years. If there is no stay, and people marry, and if the SC rules that gay marriage is constitutional, there will be a mess. I fear that the court now may order a stay and if there is some expedited process up the system, that too. The SC is pretty conservative right now, though less so that a couple of years ago. Let’s hope that the religeous influence which has sometimes in the past informed the SC’s decisions will be overridden by human rights acceptance. It will also be interesting to see which side Kagan (assuming she is confirmed this week) comes out (no pun intended). The SC of the States in inherantly more conservative than our own, which has delivered some very pro gay judgements in recent times.

  4. There’s an easy way to speed this up if the homophobes want to delay – withold taxes. Everyone who is denied their legally stated position of the constituional right to marry should withold paying their taxes until they get the same rights as other citizens.

    The issue would be front and centre as the cash in the coffers would run out very fast. For those worried about the legal position – the state would not be able to prosecute everyone, it simply wouldn’t have the capability. No one would be ‘refusing’ to pay the tax, they would just be witholding it until their legal rights were upheld. Once the state conformed to the law the money would be paid.

    This would also have the dual benefit of showing everyone how many LGBT citizens there were and how vast their contribution to the country is.

  5. DC is not a state; only five states allow marriage equality.

  6. @ Nick:

    Taxes have the same level of inevitability as death, so you shouldn’t even bother witholding them. Besides, that always ends in tears.

    Courts are the way to go. But the SCOTUS battle will be a big gamble, I can feel it now already.

  7. There is no guarantee the Supreme Court will hear the case if it comes to taht, it can choose not to no matter if the 9th circuit upholds Judge Walker’s decision wh ich it probably will in which case it will be left to the states to decide. In any event, Judge Walker’s decision has set a precedent on this issue and if the 9th circuit concurs, its going to become increasingly difficult to keep the ban on marriage equality in place in those states that have it. It will also influence more politicians to support marriage equality if they want the gay vote.

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