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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

At this hour marriage equality has arrived in California. Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked the 8th Circuit Court to skip the 25 day delay in restoring human rights after the overturning of Prop 8 and they did.

With a single sentence.

Kristin Perry and Sandra Stien have been married by Ms. Harris. Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo are about to be married live on the Rachel Maddow Show.

I am going to edit this up as I put this together.


Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo are now married. I captured what I could and will see if can recapture the rest.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa performed the ceremony.

This is a special moment. Before you stand Paul and Jeff, who love each other.

Your relationship is an inspiration to us all. Your braveness in the face of bigotry has made history.

Today, your wait is finally over. By joining the case against pro 8 you represented hundreds of thousands of couples in the fight for marriage equality. You represented America in the fight for marriage equality. In the fight for liberty and dignity for all

Based on what you told me the other night while we enjoyed that evening, and how you are looking at each other today, you are just as ion love as when you met 12 years ago.

Take it in, just take it in

We are gathered here today for the purpose of uniting in matrimony Paul and Jeff.

The wedding ring is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond that unites two loyal hearts in endless love.

Paul, please place this ring on Jeff’s left finger and repeat after me.

I Paul offer this ring as  a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my vows to you.

Jeff, please place this ring on Paul’s left finger and repeat after me.

I Jeff offer this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion. Let it always be a reminder of my vows to you.

And, so, on behalf of the State of California let me pronounce you married.

I always cry at weddings. :~)


  1. slksfca

    …will be open late tonight, and all day tomorrow and Sunday, for those who wish to marry right away. What a sweet Pride weekend!

  2. princesspat

    And I blinked a few tears watching Rachel’s show tonight. Real people, real lives…’s good to share the moment.

    Thanks Chris.

  3. louisprandtl

    The states allowing same sex couples to marry, especially out of states folks, where same sex marriages are still not valid, ought to revamp their divorce laws. The laws should allow the same to divorce just like straight folks when their relationships are no longer working and the couples have gone separate ways.

  4. Among my southern conservative family members you can see the generational divide the this issue will keep sliding down (in the direction of justice, fortunately). Many old dogs will learn new tricks, but there is truth in the homily that it is hard and that many aging hounds won’t. A sweetheart of a cousin of mine threw out the “pets and kids next” line (which, if I am not mistaken, was the same line anti-interracial folks used). His thirty-something gun-toting Tea Party daughter celebrated the death of DOMA.

    I am not going to allow myself the trite and destructive view that my cousin is a bad person. He is not. At the same time he does maintain that horrific view.

    Christians have a very healthy way of dealing with this kind of thing. “Hate the sin, not the sinner.” Someone believing something offensive to even God himself does not mean they are evil. Just very, very wrong.

  5. Chick-Fil-A President Deletes Anti-Gay Marriage Tweet

    Dan Cathy posted a comment Wednesday on Twitter criticizing a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Those decisions will extend federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal, and will add California – the most populous state – to the 12 others in that category.

    “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” Cathy wrote, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The post was later deleted.

    Obviously he learned nothing from his earlier foray into insinuating his personal politics into his company’s public presence.

    Chick-Fil-A issued a statement saying that the Tweet was deleted because it may have created “confusion” about the “views of Chick-fil-A customers, restaurant owners and employees”. Note that the noSplaination does not include that it may not reflect properly the views of the company itself. It obviously does.  

  6. HappyinVT

    David Boies.  A lot of people thought this was the wrong Court before which (whom?) to bring a challenge to Prop 8.

    (And, of course, had they lost we’d be roasting them in the fiery depths of Dante’s Hell.)

  7. Emergency stay of California same-sex marriages sought (updated 6:05pm)

    Attorneys for the parties who sought to defend Proposition 8 in federal court have filed an emergency motion in the Supreme Court seeking to block same-sex marriages from proceeding in California. The filing (via Jess Bravin) is available here.

    The application argues that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Proposition 8 case is not yet “final,” so the stay must remain in place. The Supreme Court ordinarily does not issue its formally binding ruling – known as the “judgment” – in a case from a federal court of appeals until 25 days after it releases its “opinion.”

    The reason for the delay is so that the losers can file requests to the Supreme Court to rehear the case, highly unlikely. Aside from the fact, as the article noted, the proponents were found to have no standing … so why they thought they would magically have gained standing to file this request is a head-scratcher.

    It is simply another way for miserable people to try to make everyone around them miserable for as long as possible. They would like to invalidate those marriages performed since Judge Vaughn lifted the stay on Friday out of sheer petulance. Haters gotta hate.

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