Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 10:07 pm
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:D :D :D :D

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 03:16 pm
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"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. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional." - VAUGHN R WALKER, United States District Chief Judge

My mother just texted me to tell me. Not gonna lie, I just cried a little from joy.


Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 10:58 pm
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Just FYI, BP cleanup crews are burning wildlife and actively preventing rescuers from getting to animals, including endangered turtles.

Fuck you, BP.

As if all the rest of this giant unbelievable fucking mess were not enough, BP, fuck you.

I was going to talk about something else, but I forgot about it due to blind rage.

Dear CA Supreme Court:

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 01:34 pm
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Fuck you, too.

'Cause we all know that majority voters are all rational people who will think carefully about the concerns of the minorities on whose rights they are voting, and are thus completely qualified to take away those rights if just very slightly over half of said majority voters think it's a good idea.


I quote from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (Emphasis mine.)

Being able to marry the person whom you love, and with whom you mutually seek a lifelong, legally-recognized commitment, is one of said privileges, is it not?

And while "domestic partnership" laws in many states give similar or identical legal rights to same-sex couples as marriage gives to heterosexual couples, the very fact that people aren't comfortable calling it marriage indicates that it is unequal - that same-sex couples are inferior to heterosexual couples, in the eyes of the majority at the very least.

A separate institution for same-sex couples who want to make a lifelong commitment that is slightly different but still equal to that which heterosexual couples make. Think about that one.

Wasn't there some unanimous Supreme Court decision in the fifties that declared this "separate but equal" thing unconstitutional?*

Newspaper headlines are calling this decision "a triumph for democracy." Which, on the surface, is true. I won't argue that it should be the right of the people to decide how they are governed. But democracy per se does not protect the minority; there is some adage floating around the internet about how democracy is two wolves and one sheep voting on what to eat for dinner. There is an unfortunate precedent that minority rights tend not to be upheld by the majority vote. But we are not actually a democracy; the United States is a federal constitutional republic. Republics are run by a group of people elected by the populace in order to make decisions. Judges of the California State Supreme Court are elected by California voters statewide, and the purpose of the judicial branch of government is to uphold the Constitution and interpret the laws. Its inherent purpose is not to override the majority when it feels like it, but what happens when a law is passed that is unconstitutional? What happens when the rights of minorities are taken away because of a majority vote? Isn't that Constitution of ours supposed to protect us from that?

I just... simply cannot understand how Proposition 8 was even remotely constitutional. It is blatantly discriminatory. And I have never understood why sexual preference is such a big deal in the first place.

I am upset about this. I probably am coming off as irrationally so, because this happens over and over again, and I feel sad and scared and angry every time it does. But give me one good reason not to be upset when my and my friends' validity as couples and as human beings is questioned! No one has the right to do that to us. And I don't see why there is such a difference between same-sex and heterosexual couples in the first place - I don't see why people can get so worked up over a person wanting to marry the person that he, she, or ze loves. And I don't think that it is irrational, radical, hyperliberal, or what-have-you to want to be seen as a person and to have your relationship recognized and given appropriate weight in the eyes of peers, the state, and the law.

*Yes, I know that Brown V. Board of Education was in the very specific context of racial segregation in the education system, that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." But why should any state-run institution have the right to deny or alter their services based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of a person that does not immediately pertain to the application of the services of said institution? My sexual orientation should not pertain at all to the application of the services of the state to marry me. Does the fact that I love someone of the same sex inhibit my ability to be an adequate married partner? No. No, it does not.

That helped me blow off some steam. In other news, my brother has gone in for his arm surgery today, and I have a couple potential dog-walking gigs, and the kittens are doing well, and I need to take a walk and clear my head.


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