Much to the chagrin of the mores and folkways crowd, a federal judge has declared unconstitutional California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.Though they're not exactly "on" with the next sentence:
U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker found no legitimate state interest in treating gay and lesbian couples any differently from heterosexual couples. Simply put, such a social construct -- one that is more archaic every day -- violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection and due process clauses.
And he's spot on.
Critics have been quick to say that the will of seven million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 has been negated by an activist liberal judge.Reading it, you might think that what the critics say about the Judge (that he's of the "activist liberal" variety) is actually true.
Did you know he was first appointed to the bench by George H. W. Bush? Or that he was first nominated by Ronald Reagan? He was. Or that Speaker Pelosi opposed his nomination? She did.
Perhaps the Trib should have pointed that out when characterizing Walker as a "activist liberal judge."
The Trib is right however to us the phrase "true bigot" in it's next sentence:
True bigots have taken pains to note that Judge Walker is gay.When you're right, you're right. Even when you get a few things wrong.