It's been a couple of weeks now since Judge Walker overturned California's Proposition 8 as being unconstitutional. I've just had the chance to start to skim through his decision, and it makes for fascinating reading. Well spent Sunday coffee time....
Here's an interesting perspective on how a precedent set in a religious case back in the 1940's regarding discrimination against the Jehovah's Witnesses' beliefs and played into this decision (I excerpted two bits below as well).
How Jehovah's Witnesses helped kill Prop 8
While we can thank Jehovah's Witnesses for this precedent that aims to prevent tyranny of the majority, it should be noted they don't like gay marriage. They consider it sin and aren't afraid to say so. But not one devoted Jehovah's Witness voted for or supported Prop 8. Jehovah's Witnesses are apolitical. Rather than forcing their beliefs through legislation, they prefer to find converts by sharing a message.
"Fundamental rights," Jackson wrote in 1943 and Judge Walker quoted in 2010, "depend on the outcome of no elections."
- I'm guessing that this will play out at the Supreme Court level, and does this have implications for Ohio's recently amended stance on marriage?