Seeing that just made me realize one thing. This fight is far from over. Never before in California's history has a group, who currently enjoys a basic right, been singled out and then had those rights ripped from them by a vote of their fellow citizens. This decision is so radical and so egregious that every voice must first be heard, no matter how unlikely a changed outcome might be.
If you have some time this evening and you live in California, please come join us and show your support at the following locations:
Event listing updated regularly at www.NoOnProp8.com/events
7:00 p.m. | West Hollywood
Corner of Santa Monica Blvd and San Vicente Blvd
7:00 p.m.| Stanislaus Pride Center
Silent walk to Graceada Park
5 p.m. | Capitol Steps
6:30 | The Center
3909 Centre Street
Co-sponsored by the Center, EQCA and HRC
San Luis Obispo
5:30 p.m. | Mission Plaza Amphitheater
6:30 | City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
And to keep hope flying high, action has already been taken. According to Lamda Legal:
The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a writ petition before the California Supreme Court today urging the court to invalidate Proposition 8 if it passes. The petition charges that Proposition 8 is invalid because the initiative process was improperly used in an attempt to undo the constitution's core commitment to equality for everyone by eliminating a fundamental right from just one group — lesbian and gay Californians. Proposition 8 also improperly attempts to prevent the courts from exercising their essential constitutional role of protecting the equal protection rights of minorities. According to the California Constitution, such radical changes to the organizing principles of state government cannot be made by simple majority vote through the initiative process, but instead must, at a minimum, go through the state legislature first.
The California Constitution itself sets out two ways to alter the document that sets the most basic rules about how state government works. Through the initiative process, voters can make relatively small changes to the constitution. But any measure that would change the underlying principles of the constitution must first be approved by the legislature before being submitted to the voters. That didn't happen with Proposition 8, and that's why it's invalid.