Constitutionality of Prop. 8 to be decided tomorrow

The verdict for Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the challange to California’s ballot-initiative driven amendment to their state constitution mandating the recognition of only those marriages involving one man and one woman, will be announced by Judge  Vaughn R. Walker of the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

I would say “Cross your fingers,” but that wouldn’t do any good, and would in fact encourage pernicious patterns of thought. One of the steps towards salvation prescribed by Spinoza is the distinguishing between those things under our control and those things outside it, and this verdict is outside of it. So we should not worry over it, even if it comes back in favor of the amendment. If that should be the case, our cares should be about what next step is to be taken, either to take the case to the Supreme Court, or to overturn it at the ballot. This verdict may be outside our control, but our reaction to it is within it; should it come back against the amendment, we can allow ourselves to rejoice; and if for it, we can work and strive to undo its legacy through other organs. This is a fight our (my) generation will win, but only with time.


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