Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite- sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.I'm especially happy that Judge Walker addressed the irrationality of Prop 8. California that, from what I hear, used to be a hotbed of activism, dissent and progressive thinking, at a certain point went in a completely different direction. The state became an international laughing stock when it elected the dense Arnold Schwarzenegger as its governor. Since then, California's economy has been destroyed, its world-famous education system is in ruins and its government is boggled down in the kind of bureaucracy that only a Republican governor is ever able to create. The result of this kind of a mess is, as we all know, popular resentment and a consequent search for a group that can be marginalized, persecuted and made to suffer. In the midst of their economic misery and bureaucratic martyrdom, Californians leashed out against same-sex couples.
At least now we know that there is one jurist in California who is still willing to uphold reason and act in a rational way: Judge Walker. I congratulate Californians on this great judicial decision that moved California back to the list of civilized places.