Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker stuck down California’s Proposition 8, preventing same-sex marriages, which the state voters approved 2008.
CNN: A federal judge in California struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution and handing supporters of gay rights a major victory in a case that both sides say is sure to wind up before the Supreme Court.
Honestly I don’t have a dog in that fight. I think all couples regardless of gender matching have a right to the trials and tribulations of married life in America. I understand the moral/religious debates being offered up. I empathize with both sides in fact and am threatened by neither one. My family is what it is regardless of the outcome of Prop 8. So why did I take notice? It’s not the “same-sex marriage” angle at all. It’s the relative ease of a single lawyer, in this case Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, to dismiss the apparent will of the people of California. Again, this is NOT a concern over the fate of Prop 8 to me. It could be Prop 1234.5678 to legalize the painting of the Golden Gate Bridge purple for all I care. It’s the random chaos of our law’s interpretations by folk who by all rights should be the experts in it. If judges “interpreted” the law consistently across states/districts I don’t think I’d mind so much, but the randomness of rulings up and down the courts bothers me. Don’t these folks go to a school or something? Judges like that are why we get eminent domain rulings that let county supervisor bulldozer your family home to put up a gas station that generates more tax revenue. Why? Because they can. Why? Because we let them. Why? Because we’ve become too apathetic. Don’t abdicate your power Freaks. Get out and vote.