California has long been called the land of fruit and nuts. Now a decision by a federal judge stands in the way of anyone who might wish to challenge that description.
In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Judge Vaughn R. Walker held that the 6.8 million Californians who voted in favor of Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, lacked a “rational basis” for their decision. Consequently, Judge Walker struck down Proposition 8 as violating the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Although thousands of years of human history suggest that children are best reared in a home with a mother and father serving as role models, Judge Walker averred that modern times teach that “gender” roles are anachronistic. “Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted.” In fact, Judge Walker concluded that having parents of different sexes is “immaterial” and “irrelevant.”
Those 6.8 million irrational Californians were simply acting out of “fear” and an “animus towards gays and lesbians.” The belief that heterosexual unions should be preferred in society...