It's time to celebrate a civil rights victory. California's Proposition 8, which denied gay couples equal rights, by forbidding them from marrying, has been overturned by a federal judge.
In his decision, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote, "Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians. The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite-sex couples."
Bravo! This is what America is all about: Protecting the rights of all people whether or not it's popular.
There was a time when rights for blacks weren't popular. A time when rights for women weren't popular.
America eventually decided that blacks and women deserved rights, whether or not the bigots approved. Now, the vast majority of Americans look back on those once-divisive decisions with pride, and know that America did the right thing.
America did the right thing on this one too. And, I, for one, am proud.
To celebrate, join people from Citizens Project at Poor Richard's (320 N. Tejon St.); they started gathering there at 4. Or drive north to a rally put on by Marriage Equality USA Colorado, running from 6 to 7 on Lincoln Avenue between Colfax and 14th.