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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

JVM: What damage has same-sex marriage done?

Another twist in the reality show called “Prop 8," whose plot lines revolve around whether same-sex marriage should be legal in California. An appeals court just ruled that a lower court judge was right when he decided that California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

This was the correct decision on so many levels. Why shouldn’t taxpayers, whatever their sexual orientation, have the right to marry the person they love? In its ruling, the appeals court exposes Proposition 8, which was narrowly approved by California voters, for the hateful and prejudiced piece of business it is. The appeals court wrote, “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” My sentiments exactly.

Really, what damage has same-sex marriage done to anyone in the handful of states where it’s currently legal? If anything, it’s brought those states much needed business of the type that weddings bring.

So, is this the end of it? An appeal is inevitable and some say it could go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Other experts predict the end of the saga is near since the wording of the ruling is very narrow and may only apply to California.

Let’s hope we are in the last act in this unnecessary drama. For those who need reassurance that the legalization of same-sex marriage in California won’t cause any damaging cultural earthquakes, one need look no further than the behavior of the 18,000 gay California couples who managed to get married in that narrow window before Prop 8 passed. Have they hurt anyone? Have they caused any problems? Do they appear to be contributing members of society? Look no further than one of the most successful women on TV: Ellen DeGeneres. She married Portia de Rossi and last time I checked they were doing great and the sky over California hadn’t fallen.


The opinions expressed here are those of Jane Velez-Mitchell and not HLN.

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