August 4, 2011
By Adam Bink
Happy anniversary, everyone. Today, August 4, 2011, marks the one-year anniversary of Judge Walker’s decision ruling that Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and, in Walker’s words, “does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”
It was a remarkable day for the LGBT and allied community — a day on which many were holding their breath, waiting to see if the arc of history, in the words of Dr. King, would indeed bend towards justice. A date that changed history. The original blog post and ruling from August 4th last year (with 423 comments) can be found here.
Prop 8 is still in effect, but that doesn’t lessen the importance of the ruling and how we can use it as a community to educate and push. We’re doing a few things at Courage Campaign to mark the anniversary:
1. On days like today, it’s always a nice trip down memory lane to remember where you were, what you were doing, and how you felt. I’ll start: I had only just joined everyone here at Prop8TrialTracker and Courage Campaign to cover the National Organization for Marriage bus tour. On August 4th, when we heard a ruling would be handed down, I was hunched over my computer, refreshing news sources like mad… and trying to remain patient and calm. At the same time, I was holding my breath because a decision in our favor would be earth-shaking, while a decision that Prop 8 was constitutional would be devastating in so many ways. For your community and relationship to be put on trial, it is so important that those relationships were recognized and valued. After reports came in that Prop 8 was struck down, I remember taking a long sigh of relief. Then I hit “Publish.” Finally, justice was done.
Where were you and how did you feel on August 4th, 2010?
2. Rick Jacobs, Courage’s Chair and Founder, has a post up at Huffington Post this morning with his recollections, and some thoughts on why the case and verdict remains absolutely critical one year later as we enter critical fights around the country.
3. Many still remain unfamiliar with the case and the verdict. So we at Courage Campaign are changing our Facebook status to help let our friends, family and colleagues how important this case, and verdict, is. You can join in changing your status too!
5. Finally, you power so much of the work we do to influence the trial and the court of public opinion. From collecting 140,000 signatures in support of televising the trial to funding billboards outside the courthouse urging Judge Ware to strike down ProtectMarriage.com’s frivolous motions to overturn the verdict on the basis of Judge Walker’s sexual orientation. From filing amicus curiae briefs at the California Supreme Court signed by folks like you to getting the story of Ed and Derence, a couple forced to wait to marry despite Ed’s fight with Alzheimer’s, on the front page of the Los Angeles Times in order to change more hearts and minds on Prop 8.
The trial will go on for several more years, and that means we still have work to do. Your contribution helps power the work to change the landscape of this trial. Please take a moment to chip in to fund this work. The harder we work to change the landscape, the more likely we are to accelerate a time when Prop 8 is a distant memory.
And thanks for being part of the community here at Prop8TrialTracker.com.