Some of you may remember Proposition 8, the proposed law concerning gay marriage in my home state of California. It was put on the 2008 ballot, and the voters decided not to legalize gay marriage.
Ever since then, there have been a huge number of trials about Proposition 8. As I've said earlier, it's been bouncing around the courts like a pinball. It doesn't seem to make a difference which way the courts rule, because both sides immediately appeal any decision that gets made.
Here's the latest news. The 9th Circuit held a 2-1 vote, saying that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Or in other words, gay marriage has to be legal, because it's illegal to prevent gays from getting married. So, the decision of millions of voters in 2008 has been overturned by two people, which, I have to say, does not inspire me with a lot of confidence in our government or the voting system.
Either way, I'm 99% sure that this ruling won't make a difference, because pretty soon, the decision will be appealed by both sides. The people who support gay marriage want to appeal it, because the ruling only affects California. The people who don't support gay marriage want to appeal it, because they disagree with the ruling.
Now, here's where it gets interesting. The appeal can go back to the 9th Circuit, but this time, eleven people in the circuit will vote on it, not just three. Or, the appeal can go to the United States Supreme Court, and their decision will apply to all 50 states. Where will the appeal be sent to? What will the decision be? Will that finally be the last decision, or will we have yet another appeal? Could they, perhaps, decide to put the gay marriage initiative on the national ballot? Time will tell.