Friday, May 16, 2008

The CA case: A true lesson in respect for human dignity

I think we all have read the numerous news and blog articles about this case by now.

Let's take a moment to focus on some of the Court's rationale in striking down the unconstitutional ban on gay marriage in CA:

"One of the core elements of the right to establish an officially recognized family that is embodied in the California constitutional right to marry is a couple's right to have their family relationship accorded dignity and respect equal to that accorded other officially recognized familes, and assigning a different designation for the family relationship of same-sex couples while reserving the historic designation of "marriage" exclusively for opposite-sex couples poses at least a serious risk of denying the family relationship of same-sex couples such equal dignity and respect." [emphasis added]

The CA Supreme Court has truly embodied respect for human dignity in this historic case.

Thank you.

Also of note:

"First, the exclusion of same-sex couples from the designation of marriage is not necessary in order to afford full protection to all of the rights and benefits that currently are enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples; permitting same sex couple access to the designation of marriage will not deprive opposite-sex couple of any rights and will not alter the legal framework of the institution of marriage, because same-sex couples who choose to marry will be subject to the same obligations and duties that currently are imposed on married opposite sex couples."

The Court goes on to say that the children/familes of same-sex couples will also suffer "appreciable harm" by denying the couples access to the "familiar and highly-favored designation of marriage." And this denial of the designation casts doubt over whether a same-sex couple could ever enjoy "equal dignity" with opposite-sex couples.

I have seen numerous personal blogs (ahem, we all know who some of them are, but I refuse to post links to them here anymore) re-defining words like "equality" and "discrimination" and most notably "human dignity" and "respect." But such propaganda tactics only work within their meager following. They should be ashamed. They will be defeated. This landmark case proves that.

As most pro-marriage equality supporters have been saying throughout this struggle, the tide is turning, and bigotry never wins in the long run.