My Mother Can Rest in Peace

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
June 26, 2013 11:41am CST
Back in 2008, when California passes proposition 8, which effectively banned same sex marriage in my state, I posted a blog (and a discussion here) titled "my mother is turning over in her grave". The Supreme Court of the US just upheld an appellate court ruling that over turned prop 8, and also invalidated the so called "defense of marriage act". A victory of love over prejudice imho, and mom is now resting peacefully. On the other hand, they invalidated part of the voting rights act yesterday, so all is not well with the world. But small steps, small steps...
2 responses
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
26 Jun 13
Good riddance to bad, outdated laws. I say this about both laws in this post. I see marriage as an issue of voluntary association. People should be able to enter in to a private contract or relationship with whom ever they choose, for what ever purpose they choose, so long as it harms no one else, nor interferes with the rights of others. I would eventually like to see government out of marriage altogether. Government should not be in the business of defining marriage, nor rewarding or penalizing it through the tax code. On the issue of the supreme court's decision on the voting rights act. This ruling did nothing to set back voting rights. All it did was fix the outdated (and unconstitutional) requirement for certain states to gain approval from the federal government before making any changes to voting law with in that state. It did nothing to make it legal to discriminate against any group of people in voting law. The ruling itself makes that clear in the following statement with in the ruling: "Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in ยง2." The law is outdated, the offenders out of office for decades and in many cases, not even alive anymore. It would be like someone's children having to seek approval to travel out of state because their grandfather was on probation.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jun 13
And, I would add, as long as they are competent, consenting adults. On the fence about the voting rights law, as I believe there are still attempts to get around allowing certain groups to vote. But if it's covered some other which way, OK.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jun 13
Just two hours after the Supreme Court reasoned that discrimination is not rampant enough in Southern states to warrant restrictions under the Voting Rights Act, Texas is already advancing a voter ID
• United States
2 Aug 13
I really don't understand this. What two consenting adults do as far as marriage or in the privacy of their bedrooms is no ones business. People need to stop forcing their life choices on other people. Government needs to get out of marriage altogether.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Aug 13
Yup...