Saturday, May 17, 2008

South Dakota ponders the California Supreme Court's decision

What this means for us in South Dakota is unclear as yet, although Equality South Dakota is certainly rejoicing for California's marriage equality decision and hopeful for the future here.

This is very good news.

I recommend these good words about the California decision from Walking With Integrity from Integrity President Rev. Susan+ Russell
While yesterday's positive action by the California Court was not completely unexpected, I think it is safe to say the scope of the ruling surpassed what had even been hoped for. For those unfamiliar with the journey we've traveled to this point in California on the issue of marriage equality, here's a note from Integrity's Field Organizer, Jan Adams:
We need to kill the meme that this decision has anything to do with "judicial activism." The legislature, twice, has passed bills approving gay marriage rights. That's legislative action. The only reason those bills did not become law is that the Governor, the executive, vetoed them, deferring to the Court.
Now that the Court has spoken, the executive says he will not oppose the decision. Gay marriage has made the rounds of the system and jumped the normal procedural hurdles. Now we may need a vote of the people -- a campaign we are forced to struggle through. But that will only be AFTER we've played by all the rules. Our opponents want to change the rules because they don't like the outcome the rules have rendered.
Sounding vaguely familiar? Why yes it is -- because it's the same "change the rules when you don't like the outcome" strategy the schismatics have used in the Episcopal Church, attempting to shift the debate they lost on the American Church playing field to the global Anglican Communion.


  1. Badlands Blue is from Virginia? How come you didn't apply to be the SD representative? At least you have a sense of humor. BB blocked me the first day I left a comment.

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