Thursday, May 15, 2008

Equality under the law

The California courts today ruled that the current ban on same-sex marriage in that state was discriminatory, and that such couples had the right to marry. We're hearing gloom and doom from all the obvious quarters (Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition, blah, blah, blah), but it's really a good news-bad news deal. The good news is obvious: gay people should have the right to marry, period. The bad news is likely to come in states like mine, where the wingers will gin up the troops and demand passage of a statewide ban on civil unions and domestic partnerships (there's already a marriage ban).

Here in sweet Larryville, we have a domestic partnership registry, and ordinances that ban discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. But the wingers have tried to pass state laws that supercede our local ordinances in the past, and this is just going to get their shorts in a knot again. I'm really worried.

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