It’s official: Prop 8 has been overturned in California. This afternoon, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the ballot initiative denying marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Proposition 8 was passed in California in November 2008, following a May 2008 decision by the California Supreme Court that allowed for same-sex marriage in the state constitution; Prop 8 amended that law, saying that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In May 2009, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 but said that the gay marriages that were officiated in the state between May and November 2008 were still considered legal. Meanwhile, lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies brought their case against Prop 8 in front of Judge Walker and argued that it was unconstitutional. In a 136-page ruling, Judge Walker agreed with them. Walker writes:
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.
Three cheers for marriage equality! [Good As You, NYMag.com] Keep reading »
“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”
– Eminem, who has written lyrics considered homophobic in the past, declares his support for gay marriage in an interview with The New York Times. I find it fascinating that Eminem supports marriage equality, but Elton John, a gay man, does not. Keep reading »
Pineapple on pizza. High-heeled sneakers. Sending the “Sex and the City 2″ cast to the Middle East. There are a lot of things that make me think, “What the hell were they thinking?!” Here’s another — this weekend, super conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh got married for the fourth time, and outspoken gay singer, Elton John, serenaded the bride and groom at their reception, for which he was paid $1 million. Sir Elton, time is a-tickin’ — when are you going to explain your hypocrisy? Keep reading »
“I’m very excited! It’s a great and wonderful thing at the tender age of 49 to have finally found somebody that I want to be with. I’m so lucky. … With the wedding plans and even when I got to my hotel here in New York, I was looking for everything to be wrong and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m doing my Sue Sylvester.’ I will not be singing and don’t expect any track suits at my wedding.”
– “Glee” star Jane Lynch on her upcoming wedding to psychologist Lara Embry. They’re so cute! [People] Keep reading »
Imagine being married to a State Police lieutenant who is killed in the line of duty — and then you learn that even though you are the widower of a fallen state employee, you’re not eligible for federal benefits that would be available to other widows.
Such could be the case for Kathy Bush, one half of a lesbian couple in Massachusetts. Bush and her partner, Mary Ritchie, married in 2004, when same-sex marriage was legalized by the state. At last, the couple didn’t have to worry about hiring lawyers to write contracts stipulating their parental rights and health care plans (something married, straight couples never have to do). But Ritchie and Bush still weren’t in the clear. Keep reading »
“In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”
— Laura Bush in her forthcoming memoir, Spoken From The Heart [Queerty] Keep reading »
“I’m not against marriage, but it’s just not for me. I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t have a problem if you want a hamburger. Marriage to me is like eating meat. I think it’s gross and f**king crazy.”
–Sarah Silverman gives her not-so-subtle thoughts on matrimony in the new issue of Playboy. She also told the magazine that since gay people can’t wed in most states, “If you’re getting married today, it’s the equivalent of joining a country club that doesn’t allow blacks or Jews.” What do you guys think of this argument? I’m inclined to agree, but then again, I’m single and slightly bitter about the whole marriage thing. [Page Six] Keep reading »