Last Thursday the California Supreme Court overturned the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, marking a major victory for the American queer rights movement. The Golden State joins Massachusetts as the only U.S. provinces in which same-sex marriage is kosher, though as San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom comments, “As California goes, so goes the nation.”
The ruling means that California now officially offers state marriage rights to same-sex couples, setting an example for both nation and world.
America has quite a ways to go, however. Twenty-six states in the country’s heartland explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage, and the Federal government – which confers the golden purse of 1049 benefits to married couples – does not recognize it.
Regardless, recent news should excite us! If anything, it represents a major retraction of unwarranted, socially- and religiously-constructed discrimination against gays. And best of all, ’twas a shot heard ’round the world.
Watch Gavin Newsom’s speech, given on the day of victory.