It's only a step - sure it's a BIG step - but until gay men and women have the right to marry this country will be less than what it should be.
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham LincolnHere's a few choice bit from Vaughn Walker's ruling:
"Proposition 8 places the force of law behind stigmas against gays and lesbians."
"The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent."
"The exclusion (of same-sex couples from marriage) exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having different roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed."
"Domestic partnerships exist solely to differentiate same-sex unions from marriage."
"Proposition 8 harms the state's interest in equality."
"The evidence at trial regarding the campaign to pass Proposition 8 uncloaks the most likely explanation for its passage: a desire to advance the belief that opposite-sex couples are morally superior to same-sex couples."
"Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians."