Proposition 8 Invalidated, Same-Sex Marriage On Hold

“I know pronounce you man and man, wait, not now, maybe later.” What are you doing California? From the NY Times:

Eight days after ruling that Proposition 8 — a 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage — was unconstitutional, a federal judge on Thursday denied a motion to stay his decision, opening the door for untold numbers of gay and lesbian couples to wed in the nation’s most populous state. But the judge delayed the effective date of his order until Wednesday.

Vaughn R. Walker, the chief judge of Federal District Court in San Francisco, issued a temporary stay last week when he invalidated Proposition 8, in order to allow arguments for and against same-sex ceremonies being performed while supporters of the ban appealed.

On Thursday, Judge Walker declined to extend that stay, but built in the delay to allow the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where the case has been appealed by proponents of Proposition 8, time to consider the matter.

In the ruling, the judge wrote, “The evidence presented at trial and the position of representatives of the state of California show that an injunction against enforcement of Proposition 8 is in the public’s interest.”

Continues at NY Times

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  • emperorreagan

    A marriage is a contract. Any legal adult should be able enter in to such a contract with any other legal adult as they please.

    If the issue is terminology and marriage has a religious connotation, then the government should not be sanctioning marriages. The government should be issuing everyone a “civil union” – or whatever you want to call the legal construct. The religious sanction (a separate entity from state sanction) can then be known as “marriage.”

    People can then jerk-off all they want over whether a “marriage” performed in a particular sect is valid in the eyes of some deity, just like they do over every other stupid religious ceremony without affecting the legal rights of anyone else. The Church of Christ can jack-off to high heaven that they're the only ones who are married and baptized and saved and what the fuck ever and the Baptists can do the same right across the street.

  • Gemmarama

    what puzzles me is why anyone would want to get married these days anyway…

    • Vox Penii

      what puzzles me is why any man would want to get married: women file for 75% of all divorces.

      • Andrew

        That's why they want to get married to other men. Their marriages will probably be more successful.

      • Gemmarama

        yeah that's cos men do that “guy thing” where instead of just finishing things, they act like as much of an asshole as possible until the woman takes decisive action.

        • David Frost

          I know what you mean there. In America the women here are are into these guys that lay around on a coach all day refusing to get a job and do nothing else but smoke weed and put thier girlfriends down for all thier hard work. I'm glad my wife is smarter than that, it took me long enough to find her and she is one of the better ones. I feel sorry for the ones that aren't like that, they got to have no self esteem or something. One day I think they have to either mature past that or learn to tolerate being miserable.

          As far as gays getting married I would definitly agree that there is a lot of unnecessary hype over the issue from both sides. From the pro gay marraige side, the only thing to actually gain is legal footing, marraige can be done without a piece of paper proving to the government that you are, and there aren't a lot of legal mandates dealing with marraige. On the anti-gay marraige side churches an individual clergymen always have a right to say “no” if they don't want to do it, and you really can't control someone else, thats just a fact of life.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        I know…I'm still trying to figure what in marriage is sacred and should be protected from…people who still value/desire it.

        I know what will cure this craze for gay marriage…let them do it. Once the spectacle of gay divorce becomes reality TV fodder…we'll wish we'd never opened that can of worms, but having the option would be nice.

    • A Bad Joke

      Alimony. Wifey wants to marry the guy with the dollars while she screws the pool boy.

      • Connie Dobbs

        who doesn't?

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          Hell…I'd just screw the pool boy…but if it works out well, I'd like to be able to marry him.

      • Gemmarama

        well as marriage was invented by the patriarchy as a kind of economic contract (see “the invasion of compulsory sex morality” by wilhelm reich) – “legalised concubination” (nietzsche), if you will – you guys only have yourselves to blame…

  • David Frost

    I know what you mean there. In America the women here are are into these guys that lay around on a coach all day refusing to get a job and do nothing else but smoke weed and put thier girlfriends down for all thier hard work. I’m glad my wife is smarter than that, it took me long enough to find her and she is one of the better ones. I feel sorry for the ones that aren’t like that, they got to have no self esteem or something. One day I think they have to either mature past that or learn to tolerate being miserable.

    As far as gays getting married I would definitly agree that there is a lot of unnecessary hype over the issue from both sides. From the pro gay marraige side, the only thing to actually gain is legal footing, marraige can be done without a piece of paper proving to the government that you are, and there aren’t a lot of legal mandates dealing with marraige. On the anti-gay marraige side churches an individual clergymen always have a right to say “no” if they don’t want to do it, and you really can’t control someone else, thats just a fact of life.

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