<b>FIVE MONTHS IN 2008:</b>  When gay marriage was legal in California, then-mayor Marty Blum officiated at lots of weddings, including that of Andy and Manny Edgar-Beltran.

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FIVE MONTHS IN 2008: When gay marriage was legal in California, then-mayor Marty Blum officiated at lots of weddings, including that of Andy and Manny Edgar-Beltran.

Let the Weddings Begin

Supremes Strike Down Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Supporters of marriage equality wasted little time celebrating the twin Supreme Court decisions striking down a California ballot measure, Prop 8, and a federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, that denied marriage rights to same-sex couples. “Today is a good day for California and for the nation,” declared Congressmember Lois Capps. “We have much to celebrate.” Capps termed the court rulings “an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families,” and their right to be treated equally under the law.

Lauren Gunther of the Santa Barbara Equality Project added, “After five years of hard work, we have something to celebrate. But we also have much work to do.” Gunther expressed satisfaction that California will soon become the 13th state to allow same-sex marriage now that the Supreme Court rejected Prop 8. “But there are still a lot of states out there that don’t,” she said.

The high court ruled broadly in striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, arguing it intruded upon the exclusive rights of states to define what constitutes a legitimate marriage. It ruled more narrowly, however, in striking down California’s Prop 8, holding that backers of the gay marriage ban — passed in 2008 by a narrow majority — lacked the legal standing to take their case to the Supreme Court in the first place. They did so only after California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris — who argued Prop 8 violated same-sex couples’ constitutional right to equal protection — refused to defend the ballot initiative after it had been struck down by a lower court judge. “There are no appeals left,” said Gunther. “It’s over.”

It remains uncertain as to when same-sex couples will be able to get married in California, but Capps urged Brown “to act swiftly to have the state begin issuing marriage licenses as soon as it can.” Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider — who has campaigned actively on behalf of marriage equality since 2000 when California voters passed Prop 22, the first ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriages in the state — stated, “Dorothy can now see over the rainbow.” Schneider had dressed up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz during this year’s Summer Solstice festivities, and had lip-synced “Somewhere over the Rainbow” — the unofficial national anthem for gay and lesbian rights — up State Street with Judy Garland’s rendition playing over loud speakers.

The Santa Barbara Equality Project branch of the Pacific Pride Foundation will host a celebration of the rulings tonight at 6 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.


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Today California, next stop Utah!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

excellent....and a special cheer for those in the GOP looking to step out of the closet.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 2:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just be sure no sharks get hurt in the process....

sacjon (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

about time!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 2:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Online Indy regulars may want to check their prognostications here:

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 9:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Finally, we have a decent SCOTUS ruling.

But we're still suffering from the impact of the SCOTUS ruling that allowed George W. Bush to become POTUS. The current makeup of the court is now entirely due to Bush's appointments of conservative justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito (the latter famously mocks other justices while on the bench, what a loser).

So thank goodness for today's rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA. But we still have to live under the shadow of this week's mauling of the Voting Rights Act plus the 2010 Citizens United ruling that turned corporations into people and opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of anonymous "dark" money into our political campaigns.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 9:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This was one thing the gov't should not have been in the middle of in the first place, while I congratulate those affected, I am not going to sit here and sing praises to a SCOTUS that continues to take other rights that are inherent in nature and which we are all entitled to.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 10:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is the one step forward after the twenty two steps back.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 10:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

~ I personally do find this rather dis~tasteful and disgusting.
Let them have sex with each other as much as they like, but do NOT call this a MARRIAGE.
Is this all to get free Federal $$$ claiming tax returns?
Personally, I do not like this.
This is NOT freedom.
Let me explain my points of view:
If all marriages were between people of the same sex,
you and I would never have been born.
This is against the original design of God/Creator.
Do have fun guys (no babies to take care of, no responsibilities, no learning), but do NOT call this a
I have been married to not~same~sex for almost 20 years!!
Just my humble opinion...

Ellwood (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ2SB: It's like when the government pats itself on the back and expects our gratitude when they give us tax refunds even though they stole the money from us in the first place.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 1:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Everytime I hear "good news" I am just waiting for the "bad news" to creep up. The gov't has a take-give-and take even more relationship with us.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ellwood - good news! Not all marriages are between same sex couples! So yes, humans will still be reproducing, whew!

sacjon (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 11:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ellwood, if all marriages were between people of the opposite sex who decided not to have children, then you and I would never have been born as well.

And why should some mythical God/Creator get to decide what is the "original design" for people who do not believe in such a thing? And weren't humans around a long time before the concept of marriage got started? Were co-habitating Neanderthals also at odds with the "original design?"

If we have freedom of religion, then we should also have freedom from religion.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 12:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've always had a thing for Andy Caldwell....

Walter (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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