Hey, Straight Guy,
We've not ventured into politics on the blog, but I'd feel remiss if I didn't give a shout out on yesterday's California Supreme Court ruling that California's gays have a constitutional right to marry; the ruling strikes down state laws that forbade gay marriage. Read the California Supreme Court ruling and listen to oral arguments. Read representative coverage from San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times.
The ruling is probably more proof why the less-liberal branch of my family is certain that California is a foreign country, not a state.
I am thrilled about the ruling because everyone should have the right to marry. I couldn't say it more concisely than the majority opinion: Marriage is a "'basic right for all Californians whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite sex couples."
As the potential for marriage for everyone has grown over the past few years, it's inspired a raft of comic material about marriage in general. None of it makes marriage sound fun. Sample gab from Roseanne Barr, courtesy of Out magazine: "Are you sure you want the right to marry? Haven't you suffered enough? " I suppose that expecting Roseanne to lead a cheer for domestic bliss might have been a bit much to hope for.
Here's a bit on gay marriage from Wanda Sykes that never fails to make me roar.
[NSFW alert from Straight Guy... NSFW = not safe for work. You go, Wanda!]
What's so bad about being married? Always an usher, never a groom here but the companionship, guaranteed office-party date, emergency contact number looks pretty sweet to me.
Hold off on the wedding presents for now. Opponents to wedding cakes capped by two grooms were ready to go even before the ruling. A conservative coalition presented a petition with more than one million signatures to put a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on the November ballot.
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