Archive for August, 2010

The cool thing about formal legal language …

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

… is that, in skilled hands, when the circumstances are appropriate, it can seriously soar (the last two sentences, especially):

For the reasons stated in the sections that follow, the evidence presented at trial fatally undermines the premises underlying proponents’ proffered rationales for Proposition 8. An initiative measure adopted by the voters deserves great respect. The considered views and opinions of even the most highly qualified scholars and experts seldom outweigh the determinations of the voters. When challenged, however, the voters’ determinations must find at least some support in evidence. This is especially so when those determinations enact into law classifications of persons. Conjecture, speculation and fears are not enough. Still less will the moral disapprobation of a group or class of citizens suffice, no matter how large the majority that shares that view. The evidence demonstrated beyond serious reckoning that Proposition 8 finds support only in such disapproval. As such, Proposition 8 is beyond the constitutional reach of the voters or their representatives.

Full text of the ruling.

This isn’t the end of the matter, but this is a Good Day for tolerance, respect, and for marriage.