Last year, on August 4, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that took away marriage equality from same-sex couples in California, was unconstitutional. Today, in celebration of that decision, the Courage Campaign and other LGBT advocates are speaking out about the progress made as a result of the Proposition 8 debacle.
There's still quite a long road ahead for the repeal of Prop. 8, as it is still in effect in California. Next month, further arguments will be heard on the case, and after, it will return to the 9th Circuit. It also stands the chance of being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. All told, it may be a year before Proposition 8 is finally repealed.
Over at The Huffington Post, Rick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign has written about some of the key achievements and takeaways from the Prop. 8 trials. Here's one of the most interesting:
The proponents did not put on a case. Seriously. Judge Walker almost begged the lawyer for the proponents, Mr. Charles Cooper, to put on a case for why allowing gays and lesbians to marry would harm the nation or the institution of marriage. They did not follow through because they had no case. Messrs. Boies and Olson put on 17 witnesses; the proponents only two, one of whom was ruled by Judge Walker to be "unreliable."
Walker's ruling and the court's 80 statements of fact were airtight. According to Walker, our opponents offered a "rather limited factual presentation."
The Courage Campaign has also launched a Facebook campaign to bring greater visibility to Proposition 8 and not let people forget that it's still in effect.