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What’s that strange feeling?  Wait, is it…feeling good about something happening in government?  I’m confused.

But, seriously, it’s been a good week for equality, in two ways, at least.

Prop 8 is unconstitutional.  No kidding!

The main point:

Many of the purported interests identified by proponents are nothing more than a fear or unarticulated dislike of same-sex couples. Those interests that are legitimate are unrelated to the classification drawn by Proposition 8. The evidence shows that, by every available metric, opposite-sex couples are not better than their same-sex counterparts; instead, as partners, parents and citizens, opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples are equal.

A PRIVATE MORAL VIEW THAT SAME-SEX COUPLES ARE INFERIOR TO OPPOSITE-SEX COUPLES IS NOT A PROPER BASIS FOR LEGISLATION.  (p. 132 of Perry V. Schwarzenegger)

And, my favorite line from the ruling:

The exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed. (p. 113)

…makes my little feminist historian heart go pitter-patter.

In other “hey, the world might be a little less unbalanced” news –

Elena Kagan, soon to be Justice Elena Kagan

The Supreme Court, now with 11% more women.

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