In a battle promising to go the full 15 rounds, the 9th circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling yesterday effectively nullifying Proposition 8. As you will remember, California voters passed Proposition 8 in 2008 limiting marriage to opposite sex couples.
If you, like me, have an interest in exploring the jurisprudence behind the decision you, too, can thrash your way through the 133 page opinion here.
As an attorney, the disturbing quandary for me comes in Judge Reinhardt ‘s brief wherein he says,
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.
Leaving the particular issue aside, it should stun us all that one judge, writing for himself and the court, can so sweepingly set aside the established will of the people of the largest state of the union with such a strident, sweeping statement.
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, Judge Reinhardt? Really?
This one looks to be destined for the 9. Buckle up.