From U.S. District Court Judge Vaughan R. Walker's long-awaited decision, handed down just hours ago, on the question of legality of California's shameful Proposition 8 (italics mine):
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Of course, the haters will see that the case is appealed, and it will undoubtedly end up in the hands of the Supreme Court justices before it's all over. But let's take a moment to put down our picket signs, clipboards, checkbooks, close the lids of our notebook computers and pop corks to celebrate, just as we did in those heady pre-Prop 8 times to toast those who supported equality and to the 18,000+ newlyweds who have benefited from that choice!