Justice Walker’s decision to deem Prop 8 unconstitutional really hits home for me – my uncles, who have pretty much acted as my adoptive parents since I moved to the Bay Area, officially tied the knot during the five months gay marriage was legal in California. It was a beautiful wedding that moved me to tears.
My heart broke after the 2008 election when Prop 8 passed. My disappointment even clouded my excitement over the Obama victory. I didn’t understand why Californians could vote to blatantly take away the rights of a minority, especially rights exercised by two of my closest family members. All my uncles ever wanted was a chance to live together and love each other under the same benefits heterosexual married people enjoy.
That’s just one of the reasons why I’m so excited to be a part of Jerry Brown’s campaign. As attorney general, Jerry argued against Prop 8 in state court, because he, too, believes it unconstitutional. I’m proud to work for someone who is willing to go out on a limb for people like my uncles, who are discriminated against unfairly and unnecessarily.
A happy day for Californians, indeed!