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BREAKING: Federal Appeals court rules Prop 8 Unconstitutional

The San Francisco Federal court ruled today that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and it even rejected the motion from the Prop 8 proponents to vacate the district court ruling of Chief Judge Vaughn Walker because he was gay and should have gone public about his sexual orientation and recused himself.

The 3 judge panal comprised of Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Judge Michael Hawkins and Judge Randy Smith who incidentally is a mormon.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

No doubt the proponents of Prop 8 would appeal the ruling and while that goes through, the court would be asked to stay this ruling.

But it is a victory no doubt. Thanks to Ted Olson for making this happen.

Impeachment of 4 Iowa Judges

I just read about how State Reps. Tom Shaw, Glen Massie and Kim Pearson are pushing to remove the 4 remaining supreme court judges who ruled in favour of same-sex-marriage in Iowa.

“An Impeachment“. Is that what they are calling it? In other words they are saying that ruling in favour of same-sex-marriage was a criminal offence.

I really don’t get the legalities and the political aspect of things. Explain to me…. tomorrow if a judge rules against a murderer, few State Reps. can draft a legislation to remove the judge because the ruling was not to their liking?

This is how the United States Governing body works. Politicians can remove anyone for doing their job if it doesn’t sit well with their agenda. 7 Supreme Court judges came to a decision and they can so easily be removed because few politicians didn’t like their ruling?

If these petty politicians in state level have so much power, why is the President of the country so useless?

Removal of the judges would not reverse the ruling. The ruling will still stand.

So what is the point? You remove these 7. There would be 7 more who would be pro-gay marriage.

If  US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rules in favour of Repealing Prop8  and the entire country has to accept same-sex-marriage, what are they going to do? Hang themselves? If they do, I will make sure there are a few heterophobes picketing their funeral.

The list of  “Why I hate America and Americans” just goes on and on and on.

9th Circuit hearing

So I followed the live broadcast of the 9th Circuit hearing of Prop8 repealing.

I am not a political junky. Seriously don’t give a damn about what the politicians do or are doing anywhere across the world. But I followed this particular case as it means a lot to me as I know it does to hundreds and thousands of others in the United States.

Like many others, I am not a big fan of Americans. Maybe this is exactly the reason why. Of all the countries I have heard of, read about, talked about, United States is by far the most ignorant, self centered, hypocritical country I have ever come across.

Yes, I know, my views are biased. For me it all boils down to acceptance of LGBT people. And why shouldn’t it be.

While I listened to Mr. Cooper and to his very animated, rehearsed, and to some extent melodramatic or theatrical speech as he tried to justify  why same sex marriage should be banned in California and all the other states, I couldn’t help but think, how much does he actually believe in his own arguments and how much is he doing because he is being paid to do so.

Does it ever cross the minds of these anti-same-sex-marriage proponents, that someone in their own family might turn out to be gay/lesbian. What will they do then?

He argued, that marriage between the same sex should be denied on the basis of rational. Judge Smith asked,” The states who do not offer even domestic partnership, do they have more rational reasoning?”  Their argument for not doing so would hold more ground than the arguments produced by the same-sex-marriage-ban proponents who are ok with civil unions?

Is it just a power struggle to prove who is the boss. “I am a heterosexual, so I have the right to dictate what homosexuals are entitled to and what they are not. And I decided that they can get domestic partnership/Civil Union, but can never use the word Marriage. That word solely belongs to me and all the other heterosexuals.” Thats how it looks like to me. Its almost tyranny.

Allowing Civil Unions is like consolation prize. “You lost but we hate to see your sad face so we are giving you this.”

As Mr. Olsen said, “No doubt its discrimination and no doubt it hurts. The question is, is it justified?” No it is not justified. Nothing that hurts, or discriminates, or puts someone in a ‘lesser than the rest’ position is ever justified.

If we don’t get to marry, what will they achieve? And if we do get to marry, what will they lose?

Practically speaking, if someone gets married in Washington and comes to live in California, his marriage is acceptable. The state would honour their marriage although they would not allow people from their own state to get married.

Hence my dislike for Americans and their screwed up systems. Their stubborn, irrational and unpractical mentality and their ignorance to see the facts and the truths drives me further and further away from the nation. I know, they really don’t care whether I like them or not. Same way I don’t care either.

But I care for my fellow people. I feel for them. I get frustrated, angry and at times feel hopeless.

Their fault is not that they are gay. Their only fault is that they are born in the United States Of America. By the way, how united are the states of America? Not much as far as I am concerned. They are as different as the human DNA. Made up of the same components but very different as individuals.

I can only keep my fingers crossed and pray, that the three honourable judges Mr. Reinhardt, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Smith do they right thing. Give us what is rightfully ours. Don’t make the bullies win. Too many lives have already been lost in the hand of bullies. Don’t let another of them win.

And in case you all are wondering…Yes I am gay and religious. I believe in God, pray to God and I do believe that He loves me. Maybe at times a little more than the rest of you. Deal with it.

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