A small but heartfelt group gathered today in front of Newport City Hall, hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down California’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. But the High Court was characterized today as appearing reluctant to step in to what the justices may eventually rule to be a state’s rights issue.
In the meantime, those in front of Newport City Hall today say they long for a time when marriage equality is offered to all. They contend everyone should be free to love who they love without having to pass some government-enforced test. One lesbian couple had been married in Multnomah County only to have it nullified by a recent state constitutional initiative that now bans gay marriage. They say petition signatures are once again being gathered statewide to get the issue back on the November ballot to repeal the earlier action.
Some say marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman; the only proper way to bring children into the world. But others say 55 to 75 year old couples get married all the time, marriages which do not produce children but rather to celebrate the basic human need for companionship and intimacy. Where’s the difference, they ask? Is it not discrimination in full bloom?
Meanwhile, here’s a story on how many evaluated the arguments before the Supreme Court in Washington today. Click here.