The next stage in the multi-year drama around same-sex marriage is expected this afternoon. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is expected to announce his decision this afternoon (Pacific time) on the controversial trial.
Of course, whatever his decision, this will almost certainly not be the end of California’s dispute over same-sex marriage. People on both sides of the argument are just bracing themselves to see what sort of fight they have ahead of them.
The National Organization for Marriage, which has bitterly opposed same-sex marriage on the grounds that it will hurt the sanctity of traditional (meaning one-man-one-woman) marriage, is expecting a defeat today. Maggie Gallagher, a spokesperson for the group, had this to say:
“We have little doubt that this trial judge is going to knock down Prop. 8. I hope I’m proven wrong tomorrow. … This has been a judge that looks pretty eager to make a historic decision.”
Campaign Courage, on the other hand, supports same-sex marriage and is optimistic about today’s decision. Founder and spokesperson Rick Jacobs weighed in on the matter:
“I can only say that based on the evidence in the trial, it is absolutely clear that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will strengthen families and the nation. … No matter how the judge rules tomorrow, we’ve already won a significant victory because the other side admitted they have no argument.”
Excitement about the announcement aside, we’re all really just waiting to see what is going to be appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and presumably the U.S. Supreme Court as well. There’s no way either side is going to accept a defeat graciously here — this fight will continue until the final court decision.
Having said all of that… I for one am looking forward to a decision today in favor of marriage equality. Even if it’s facing a certain appeal, even if the fight isn’t over, even if a favorable decision today may be overruled in the future, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for a win.