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Don't Divorce Us, posted February 12, 2009 at 08:53 PM

Among all the legal headaches that have come with the Californian effort to have the state Supreme Court overturn Proposition 8, this is perhaps the most heinous:

On December 19, 2008, Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and seeking to nullify the marriages of 18,000 devoted same-sex couples solemnized before Prop 8 passed.

Sorry, did you say "Ken Starr." Yes, that one. This asshole needs to start minding his own fucking business. I mean, if he wants to be on the wrong side of history twice in his lifetime, that's on him--but he needs to back off and stop interfering with others' lives.

So not only do the bigots who passed Prop 8--and by bigots I mean everyone from the powerful Mormon church and those Focus on the Family assholes to the "well-intentioned" individual voters who feel that democracy means getting to vote on your neighbors' civil rights--not only do they want to prevent marriages from proceeding in California, they want to wipe out the marriages that were legally performed between May 2008 when the state began sanctioning same-sex marriages and November 4 when California but a big black mark on an otherwise wonderfully progressive election day. All I can say is, if you don't like gay marriage, shut up and don't get one. But leave the rest of us alone.

I encourage you to sign the petition being put forward by the Courage Campaign. To show you what's at stake, they've compiled a pretty powerful and moving video.


"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

The complete text of the position says:

We, the undersigned, share President Barack Obama's view that "for too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect."

Yet, on December 19, 2008, Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and seeking to nullify the marriages of 18,000 devoted same-sex couples solemnized before Prop 8 passed.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on March 5, with a decision expected within 90 days. We, the undersigned, ask that the Court enforce the equality promised to each of us by our constitution and invalidate Prop 8. So doing will protect all loving, committed couples in California - including the 18,000 who said "I do" last year - and prevent the initiative process from being a tool for stripping vulnerable minorities of precious constitutional rights.

As Americans who believe in the rule of law and fundamental civil rights, we know that Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund's shameful attempt to nullify equal protection and all these bonded unions will be condemned in the eyes of history. We know that, ultimately, love will prevail, no matter how hard they try to fight it.

PLEASE TAKE 30 SECONDS TO GO SIGN IT HERE.


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