Ok, let me first preface this by saying that this is not a 100% guarantee or a done deal. Let me also preface with the fact that I realize marriage is not for everyone and there is a fairly large faction of the LGBTQ community opposed to marriage as an institution at all, however the fact is that marriage is one way that our society says who's in and who's out, so in that respect, and for other reasons as well, gay marriage is important.
Ok, on with the show. Today I met Kate Kendall, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). She came and spoke to my class (the one in which I needed to get the internship, LifeWorks, blah blah blah you know the back story) as we have a different e.d. from the various LGBTQ organizations each week come and talk. Previous speakers include Chuck Wolfe of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Neil Guilianno of GLAAD, Lori Jean of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, etc. ANYWAY, Kate said that she suspects a ruling to come down this Thursday (15 May 2008) on the gay marriage case that NCLR is lead counsel on that was argued before the California Supreme Court in March. She also said that the general consensus is that it's a ruling in our favor. :-D squee! This is especially important here in California because there will be a measure on the ballot in November aimed at banning gay marriage via amending the California State Constitution. Should the ruling go in our favor, people start getting married over the summer, it makes it THAT much harder to pass the measure amending the constitution.
So, again, whatever your personal beliefs about marriage are, I think we can all agree that this is a very important issue and a big step in the right direction for LGBTQ rights.