California’s courts have spoken in a 185-page 6-1 decision, and it is time for all of us to acknowledge the weighty matters our Supreme Court justices deal with on a regular basis. The work they do is hugely important to each and every California resident, and early analysis of this decision indicates that, although Californians have decided that the word “marriage” applies only to male-female unions, the state itself cannot treat as different “marriages” and “domestic partnerships”. It will be interesting to see what the state’s legislators and citizens do as a result of the decision.
In the next few days, there are a number of activities planned to allow people the opportunity to come together again and grapple with the issues surrounding same-sex marriage, both in and out of the state.
While we are dismayed that California’s constitution has been used to create two separate classes of people, we recognize that the state’s judicial branch is tasked with the responsibility of interpreting laws approved by the people. We are pleased, though, that those unions created in mid-2008 have been preserved and that they continue to hold both legal and emotional status. When the electorate changes the constitution, it directs and guides the courts in their responsibilities. Mormons for Marriage will continue to teach and provide a forum to discuss the importance of marriage equality as it works with individuals and like-minded groups, both secular and religious, to support laws which will reinstate marriage equality in California.
We will always stand on the side of love and practice compassion toward our fellow beings.
There are many threats to families all over the world, and there are many ways to build families. It is time to focus on removing the biggest threats for ALL families – abuse, neglect, poverty, famine, ignorance – and to support those structures that build families – love, attention, adequate health care and food, and education.