Yesterday (2-7-12), in California, the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Hooray! This is certainly a positive ruling as far as Allure is concerned, and for all others who believe in marriage equality. A step in the right direction for civil rights. But...it's a familiar step for the crazy state of California. We've been down this road before, and we've been disappointed before. For now, not much changes for same sex couples in California that want to legally get married. In fact, nothing does. They still can't get married. Prop 8 is a ban on gay marriage, and it will stay in affect until the deadline for an appeal--one that will likely be filed immediately by the homophobic opposition. It's no secret where I stand on this topic. I am a fierce supporter of gay rights and believe whole heartedly (it's topic's like this that the term 'whole heartedly' is made for) in marriage equality. Michelle, Kaella, and I are on the same page. Allure is in business to help couples have amazing, personal, emotional, fun, fabulous weddings...we are here for all couples in that regard--L, G, B, T...it's all the same to us. It's all wedding...it's all love. And we love love!
For now, we keep on keeping on. Yesterday was a victory in this civil rights movement, but we have a long way to go.
I love hearing what Bernadette Smith, gay wedding planner extraordinaire, has to say about Prop 8, and all things gay wedding. Here is her post on yesterday's Huffington Post. Follow her for updates and info--I do!
And I also love Randy Roberts Potts. He is the grandson of ultra-conservative televangelist Oral Roberts, and he is gay. He taking his cause "The Gay Agenda" on a tour through the bible belt and documenting the journey. Keeping up with him also helps me to stay informed and inspired.
"Gay and lesbian people fall in love. We settle down. We commit our lives to one another. We raise our children. We protect them. We try to be good citizens." California Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica
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