More than 2,000 LGBT San Diegans and their allies came out to celebrate an Aug. 4 ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker that deemed California’s Prop. 8 unconstitutional, effectively lifting the ban on same-sex marriages. Though this decision will be challenged, likely making its way to the Supreme Court, the crowd was overjoyed as they marched down University Avenue to The LGBT Community Center for a town hall meeting that included rousing words from Mayor Jerry Sanders and others.
“This is a great day for every American who believes that the US Constitution guarantees us all equal treatment and due process,” Dr. Delores A. Jacobs, chief executive officer of The San Diego LGBT Community Center, said in a statement. “The decision reminds us all that in America there are laws, principles and freedoms that are fundamental; the people cannot simply decide to discriminate against a group they may not like.
“Today’s decision affirms that the fundamental rights of a minority cannot be stripped away by a popular vote of the majority, and that it is fundamentally unconstitutional to have one set of laws for some, and another set for the rest of us,” she said.
State Sen. Christine Kehoe added, “I applaud Judge Walker’s ruling on behalf of equality today for all loving and committed couples in California. These men and women deserve the right to marry and this decision reinforces that our society is a fair and just place.”