A little good news...today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear a case to reinstate Proposition 8. That means that Prop. 8 sponsors can ask the Surpreme Court to hear the case within the next 90 days.
California's Prop. 8 is a ballot initiative sponsored by ProtectMarriage.com that was passed by voters in 2008. The measure was supported by Senator John McCain, the Catholic Church, the Mormons, Focus on the Family, pastor Rick Warren and several other Bible-beating Republican-types. You know the type. They're not the sharpest tools in the shed but they are often the loudest.
Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the ban unconstitutional in 2010. What did the loud, dull tools say about that? "Oh, well, he only ruled that way because he's gay." Surely gay people cannot hold positions of power or make decisions based on facts and matters of law, right?
Well, today, Judge Walker's decision stands. The haters have 90 days to ask the Supreme Court to hear the case. The court could decide as early as October on whether to hear the case. If they do decide to hear it, arguments could begin as soon as January 2013.
Today's decision about Proposition 8, combined with the ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston last week, combined with President Obama openly supporting gay marriage, means gays might likely be afforded the same legal rights as straights sooner rather than later.
Keep your fingers crossed that the world doesn't really end in 2012 although that's likely what the tools are counting on.