The beast is finally and truly dead. The Zombie apocalypse is averted. 8/18/13

Someone tries to counter my NO on 8 sign by trespassing.
Someone tries to counter my NO on 8 sign by trespassing, November 2008

The beast is finally and truly dead. Those hoping for a zombie apocalypse gasped their last outraged breath at the California Supreme Court recently, as they tried once again to impose religious ideology on the Golden State.

After almost five years of litigation, on August 14, 2013, the CSC put the final nail the coffin of Proposition 8.   “Gay marriage” lives (really simply marriage equality), and California has (finally) joined the twelve other states and the District of Columbia that recognize such unions.
marriage_equality_08_2013Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, California, and the District of Columbia, all recognize marriage equality.  So do an increasing number of nations.  Even the Pope has nudged a millimeter or two on the Catholic Church’s view on ‘the gay’.

Other states are expected to join the equality march in the coming years.  Some will enact equality legislatively, like New York, some will have courts settle law on the matter, like California, and some will have initiative processes bring equality to their state, like Washington.

Eventually, a United States Supreme Court case will remove the final barriers, and marriage equality will, like inter-racial marriage before it, become legal, and unremarkable, across the country.  The sky will not fall (as it hasn’t on the 30% American citizens who live in equality states now), California will remain firmly attached to the continent and will not fall into the the Pacific Ocean, and the poor confused straight people who were concerned for their own marriages will continue to be confused and concerned, but will be unable to blame ‘the gays’ for their marital problems.

I would like to take this moment to thank all the straight allies who helped bring about marriage equality in California, as well as progressive religious denominations who believe in equality and fairness.  We could not have done it without your love and support, and be assured we are very grateful for your steadfast loyalty to those standards.  You have been bright beacons to us in our gloomy hours, and we owe much to your fairness and hard work on our behalf.

Now… what’s next?  Oh, right…  Porterville.

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