In a 6-1 ruling the California Supreme Court has decided to affirm a voter backed proposition of defining marriage as between a man and a woman. "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," Chief Justice Ronald George wrote in the court's opinion. The court did however hold that all of the marriages that have already taken place will not be dissolved.
"This is the culmination of years of hard work to preserve marriage in California," Andrew Pugno, a lawyer defending the ban, said in a statement. "The Supreme Court has acknowledged the right of voters to define marriage in the California Constitution. The voters have decided this issue and their views should be respected."
Gay rights activists have already announced that this is not the end of the struggle. It is my belief that the court should a lack of courage and foresight by upholding this discriminatory decision. If the law cannot protect the rights of the most vulnerable citizens it has no true purpose. I cannot imagine the pain of the GLB community on this day as they once again realize that their rights are considered secondary.
Allowing the majority to decide whether or not to grant rights to a minority is wrong. There are few incidents in which a majority group will decide to share power or reduce its privilege by granting rights and freedoms, therefore; upholding this vote was patently unfair. Those of us that stand in solidarity with GLB community must make it be known loud and clear that gay rights are human rights. I don’t know when and I don’t know how but I do know that such inequality cannot stand.