California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8; Denies Civil Rights

Well, it finally happened. The California Supreme Court released their ruling (pdf) on the Prop 8. As many (including me) had predicted, the Court refused to strike down Prop 8.

In fact, today’s decision runs exactly counter to May 2008’s decision, in which Chief Justice Ronald George wrote, “Affording same-sex couples access only to the separate institution of domestic partnership, and denying such couples access to the established institution of marriage, properly must be viewed as impinging upon the right of those couples to have their family relationship accorded respect and dignity equal to that accorded the family relationship of opposite-sex couples.”

There’ll be time for detailed analysis later. Right now all I can bring myself to do is post this brief passage from George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran:

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

After that it did not seem strange when next day the pigs who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters.

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