Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Federal Judge strikes down gay marriage ban
and California's Prop 8 vote...BRAVO!

FOX News video: GOP attorney who argued for gay marriage

Commentary by Bob Rucker, Former CNN Correspondent 

By no means am I writing to rub anything into anyone's face. Today's ruling is simply inspiring a spirit of jubilation and profound trust that "all men are created equal" in the United States of America.

As an African-American who lived through the strife and court battles of the civil rights movement in the 1960s,
I once again feel that America has risen above its demons of it nature and chose to do what was constitutional appropriate, even if our religious and personal beliefs do not support it. Separation of church and state does work in the USA, and not just when it is most convenient.

Today's euphoria is, of course, tempered by the reality, that this is just another of many steps to come which will be needed to finally resolve the issue of gay marriage. Like with controversial civil rights legislation and laws enabling women the right to vote, today's landmark ruling will have to stand the test of a series of appeals, no doubt, all the way to the United States Supreme Court in Washington. What may surprise you is what I believe the nation's high court will eventually do.

I firmly believe, no matter the obvious conservative leanings of the John Roberts high court, the justices will come to agree with the basic points of today's ruling. Protecting what the constitution says about equal rights for all will prevail as it has eventually for all other classes of American citizens for more than 230 years. Despite a desire to do otherwise, I believe this high court will not want to establish a unique historic infamy. Such a blunder would be far less forgivable than the chief justice forgetting the precise wording of the presidential oath on Inauguration Day.

Gay and lesbian Americans must continue to patient and vigilant over the next two, possibly three years or more years until all the legal battles play out. In today's world of high expectations for quick decision-making, the civil rights and women's vote decisions might have been botched horribly with quick, less thoughtful rulings. Instead of rushes to judgments on great issues, we need deliberative critical thinking and a  well expressed decision that measures up to the sheer eloquence of the original constitution. Like we have found with all other aspects of that great decree from representatives of united states, the ruling on gay marriage must be able to stand the test of time and eventually be fully embraced, understood and respected by all future generations to come.

Those seven million people in California who voted Yes on Prop 8 also deserve a well thought out and explained resolution. For their future, they deserve the opportunity to someday become comfortable with changing their minds. I suspect few surviving opponents of the equals rights push for blacks and the women's right to vote still hold those views thanks to the benefit of time and an opportunity to see how those decision did not serve to destroy this nation or its families. Sometime it just takes some people longer to see the big picture and how not to be afraid of it.

The same is true for church, synagogue and mosque groups who find today's ruling appalling, even sinful. Over the centuries religious cultures have always had trouble adjusting to changing times and public acceptance patterns. I believe these groups will eventually come around too largely because they will eventually want and need to find ways to minister to the LGBT community. They will do so because of their basic mission of working to enrich people's lives by showing them how to coexist and even love one another without judging. Stubbornly clinging to outdated traditions will eventually give way to a spiritual energy that always seeks peaceful solutions.

As a practicing gay catholic in a progressive church community here in Northern California, I am grateful for the time to prove as human beings, and learn as a nation, that we are truly blessed when we strive to live up to the powerful and poetic words of our God inspired American constitution. "One nation, under God" has always suggested that to every generation. We have trusted for centuries that eventually we would get it right, and overcome prejudices and short-sightedness and not prioritize our personal comfort zones.

Bravo to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco for his ruling today which keeps us focused on that ever winding and bumpy road to the great promise land of our own creation in the United States Constitution.


Prof. Bob Rucker 
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
San Jose State University


Bob is also a Former CNN Correspondent & Newsweek Broadcasting National News Feature Producer.
He was also a medical correspondent for Group W Westinghouse in Philadelphia, PA. where he served
as a weekend anchor for KYW-TV3 Eyewitness News.




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