Prop 8 Equals Hate.
by Risa Green
This has been a tough week for me, legally speaking. Not that I have legal problems. I’m not being sued or suing anyone else at the moment. I’m talking more about what happened in the legal world this week. On the one hand, we had Sonia Sotomayor nominated as a Supreme Court Justice. Whether you like her or not, if you weren’t moved by her story, or by her weeping mother in the audience when Obama introduced her, then you can’t possibly be human. Personally, I’m on the fence about her right now. I don’t know enough about her, and the swirling rumors about her being pro-life have planted seeds of doubt in my mind. I’m looking forward to the confirmation hearings so that I can make up my mind. That said, you can’t argue with the fact that the nomination of a Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court does represent progress for our country. Another ceiling broken. It’s about time.
And yet, in the same week, the Supreme Court of California – arguably the most liberal state in the Union – upheld the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. For the second time since Prop 8 originally passed, I am embarrassed to call myself a Californian.
I am a lawyer. I don’t practice anymore, but I went to law school, and I spent a few years at a big firm. I have always prided myself on not being a knee-jerk ideologist; I’ve always felt that I am able to see both sides of a legal argument, and that I could argue the merits of a case either way, regardless of my personal feelings. I am staunchly pro-choice, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t have sympathy for the pro-life position. I think there should be more restrictions on who should be allowed to own a gun, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t see the point of those who think that gun ownership should be absolute. But when it comes to gay marriage, I can honestly say that I just don’t get the argument of those who are against it.