Rachel Maddow Thrilled As Prop 8 Declared Unconstitutional (Video)Author: Jon Martin | Thursday, August 5th, 2010 |
Rachel Maddow was all smiles today as a federal judge has ruled California’s ban on marriage for gays and lesbians is unconstitutional and Prop 8 has been shot down. Joining Maddow on the show were the attorneys responsible, David Boies and Ted Olson. Today was a big victory for the gays and America in general, it’s nice to know that some parts of our constitution are still being upheld. The losers of the day? Mormons. The Mormon church spent millions of dollars on getting Prop 8 passed and it was all for nothing.
In his 136-page decision, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker concluded Proposition 8 failed to provide “any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for the denial of a marriage license”. Furthermore, Vaughn found lawyers who represented Prop 8 supporters in court failed to effectively argue the measure was within constitutional bounds-including the belief a person can choose their sexual orientation.
“The evidence at trial regarding the campaign to pass Proposition 8 uncloaks the most likely explanation for its passage: a desire to advance the belief that opposite-sex couples are morally superior to same-sex couples,” wrote the judge.
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