With the ruling over whether homosexuals will be allowed to marry in California still up in the air at least until December, Tony and Tyler Dylan-Hyde, the area couple who had landed the first appointment to get a marriage license in San Diego on Thursday prior to the appeals court issuing a stay, are planning to make some noise.
The Dylan-Hydes, who were legally married in Massachusetts on Dec. 15, 2009, and other marriage-equality supporters say they will be at the County Clerk’s Office at 8 a.m. Thursday to demand a marriage license.
A couple for 15 years, they will be joined by Michael Anderson and Brian Baumgardner, who have been together as lovers for nine years and also wish to wed.
“We believe that county officials and the Attorney General have the authority and obligation to allow marriage licenses to proceed based on both the federal court’s findings that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional – and the Governor’s and Attorney General’s filings in the Prop. 8 cases,” Tyler Dylan-Hyde said in comments to The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times. “We intend to exercise our fundamental right to marriage on Thursday,” he added.
San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) and other marriage-equality supporters will support both couples at the County Clerk’s Office on Thursday, the day that hundreds of gays and lesbians had awaited in order to line up for a marriage license.
SAME organizers said they will encourage the County Clerk to follow through on Judge Vaughn Walker’s recent ruling that shot down Prop 8, and provide the two couples equal treatment and a marriage license.
In April 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that equal marriage rights were due to all, including same-sex couples.
Then in November of the same year, California’s Prop 8 was passed by voters, who for the second time in a decade by a majority, said marriage was between a man and a woman.
On Aug. 4, 2010, Judge Walker, who hasn’t denied claims that he is homosexual, ruled that the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment disallow the alleged discrimination that Prop 8 introduced.
With the issue once again to be debated in the courtrooms instead of by the voters, proponents and opponents of gay marriage will continue to support their respective causes.
As a proponent of Prop 8, I applaud the two male couples and any other homosexuals who want to voice their displeasure with the most recent ruling in voicing their opinions peacefully Thursday morning.
As a proponent of Prop 8, I also hope that anyone saying these couples do not have a right to wed also do it in a peaceful manner.
Even though millions of people like myself have twice now wasted our trips to the polls in the last decade in having our votes cast aside, we also know that those standing for the definition of marriage as that between a man and a woman must continue to voice our opinions.
We’ll be called racists, bigots and every other name under the sun in doing so, but we’ve come to expect that.
Freedom of speech is not given just to those in the homosexual community, but also to everyone who stands behind the idea of traditional marriage.
Let both sides continue to peacefully discuss and back their causes.