Proposition 8 Goes To CourtFriday 06, March 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | LGBT, One Wedding and A Revolution, Prop 8
Wedding video of Del Martin and Phylis Lyon.
Yesterday was a day we had all been anxiously awaiting—–the oral arguments in the case of Proposition 8 by the California Supreme Court. Ever since the results from
the 2008 election, we knew that day would come, and it arrived with bittersweet anticipation.
If you were like us in the GroundSpark office, you were trying to follow the hearing online. A myriad of sites carried the live feed,
but many of them seem bogged down and overwhelmed. At one point we all gathered around the one computer in the office that seemed capable of
smoothly streaming. Eventually we secured other feeds and were able to return to our respective desks where we continued our work of the day
with one ear focused on the courts.
Many of us were drawn into remembering the wedding of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon last summer which GroundSpark was invited to film. It was the first of 18,000 same sex marriages that were legally performed in California last year.
Arguments flew, questions were fired from the bench, attorneys hemmed and hawed and Ken Starr was, well, Ken Starr. But now the question rests in the hands of the court – can the majority strip away the rights of the minority? Was Prop 8 a revision to the constitution? Are equal rights in jeopardy?
Today’s news accounts say that it’s likely the court will keep Prop 8 intact but at the same time allow those 18,000 couples to stay married.
Eventually there will be a full victory, but in the meantime, we will continue our work in schools to ensure that every child in this country grows up with information about respect for difference and motivation to work for equality.