The visibility of the Prop 8 campaign in California has made it a touchstone for the debate on same-sex marriage. It was in August 2010 that Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional. On February 7, 2012, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Walker’s ruling 2-1.
The Right is angry, of course. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose grasp on logic and the law of the land is tenuous at best, said, “’I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices”. The separation of Church and State is the first of the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution was written to guarantee equal rights to all, special privileges to none, as Jefferson put it, although this was said when women could not vote and slaves were defined as property and not people … The Right use the Constitution like they use the Bible: they take what they want from it and discard the rest.
The battle will no doubt go on.