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20 July 2009

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nathans

Well thought out and well written piece by Boies... why should we not be afforded the same rights and opportunities for happiness as everyone else

Mr. FAMU

Ohh things are about to get real interesting in this country. Every pull up a chair, grab some popcorn or better yet GET INVOLVED! WE have to break the chains for a revolutionary change.

I hear a lot of people saying "it's not that bad for gays in this country anyway so what's the big deal..." And my question to them is HOW BAD DOES IT HAVE TO GET before we say enough is enough?

Kevjack

This was very well written. One argument that I think needs to be made is that gay rights are the mirror of Civil Rights. Whereas black people were/are oppressed, gays and lesbians are repressed. The call of the racists is that blacks are less than and should not have equal rights. The call of the homophobe is that gays and lesbians are less than and must deny themselves to have equal rights. This is why these two groups fight these issues in different ways. Interracial marriage was about blacks ability to be equal to whites, and gay marriage is about gays ability to be with each other. Both are powerful statements for how oppression and repression have and continue to operate in our society.

Ravenback

Mr. Boies says all the right things. But in the end, words mean nothing. I'm still quite leery of this case of his reaching the US Supreme Court. Their ultimate decision could setback the fight for gay marriage many years. The Court still has a conservative 5-4 lean that could spell disaster for gay marriage. Laws give people rights, not op-ed pieces. I don't mean to sound dismissive of Boies' words -- they are commendable -- but they have no real power in the grand scheme of things. We need laws on the books. Kind words and intentions don't guarantee me anything.

ff

"Prop 8 defenders argue the ban does not violate the California Constitution's equal protection clause because gays or lesbians can marry the person of the opposite sex"


and in doing so, making the marriage a complete farce, which is just the opposite of that "sanctity of marriage" that Prop 8 defenders find so important to uphold.

I'm with Ravenback though, I'm not sure this is the right time to bring this to the Supreme Court.

TheRevKev

I am continuing the fight for FULL MARRIAGE EQUALITY here in the state of NEW JERSEY.

I am doing this as a SINGLE BLACK GAY MAN, for the rights of every man and woman, single or partnered, who should have the right to DECIDE how they live their lives and share their love!

GET INVOLVED INDEED! It is never a RIGHT TIME to stand up and be counted! I REFUSE TO BE A SILENT MINORITY...AGAIN!

OH HELL NO! If the "kiss butts" in Cali can't get this right the first time, maybe they will now! IT'S TIME TO SAY CHANGE ISN'T ABOUT TIMING! IT IS ABOUT NECESSITY!

CHANGE IS ALWAYS NECESSARY!

I don't want kind words. I WANT ACTION! IT'S TIME FOR SOME ACTION!

Mad Professah

I think the Boies op-ed is extremely well-written.

That being said, a federal lawsuit is a very risky action to strike down Prop 8. However, it is VERY unlikely the US Supreme Court will get the case before 2011. It has to go through the District Court level, get appealed to a 3-judge panel, probably reheard before an 11-judge panel and THEN appealed again to the USSC. That should take at least 2 years possibly four.

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