Queer Town: Theories Abound Over Proposition 8 Ruling
As gay rights activists and anti-gay marriage forces wait for the California Supreme Court to finally rule on Proposition 8, the ballot measure that took away the existing right of gay and lesbian couples to legally marry in California, the Internet has become a place of endless, somewhat humorous speculation of when the justices will deliver their decision.
|Patrick Range McDonald|
|Anti-Prop. 8 marchers took to the streets in Westwood in November.|
A few weeks ago, for example, people's email boxes were lit up with the theory that since the supreme court didn't want to dirty the legacy of its initial ruling on May 15, 2008, that first legalized gay marriage in California, and since Gay Pride weekends were looming in the not-so-distant future and the supreme court didn't want to offend gay folks if they ruled against them, the justices would probably hand down their decision on April 30 or May 4. Those dates, of course, came and went and nothing happened.
Equality California, the major gay rights organization in this state, has also gotten into the act. On May 5, that group sent out an email to thousands and thousands of people across the country, stating the supreme court will rule "any day now." EQCA then made a pitch for "I Do" T-shirts and signs, which can be purchased on its web site with the proceeds going to various gay rights groups. Indeed.
The fact of the matter is, no one really knows when the California Supreme Court will hand down its ruling. Usually, the justices deliver it just before deadline. In this case, the supreme court must file its decision by June 3, which is a Wednesday. So the safe money, and there's undoubtedly someone, maybe a bunch of lawyers, with a Proposition 8 pool out there, is probably on Thursday, May 28 or Monday, June 1. The latter, though, is a holiday in New Zealand, so maybe the supreme court justices will take that into consideration. After all, who would want to offend this state's gay Kiwis?
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