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Reclaimed language is a hot button issue. Not to make light of these discussions, but let’s call these raging debates “Voldemort syndrome.” For those of you who have read the Harry Potter books, you’ll recall that it’s a big fucking deal that HP will say Voldemort’s name out loud, because he’s associated with a lot of horrible, painful shit. Voldemort’s name, in essence, is a trigger for people who have been oppressed by him in the past. Replace any derogatory slur for Voldemort, and you see where I’m getting at here. Voldemort killed HP’s parents, but Harry is the only one who is not afraid to say his name out loud, and he is ultimately the only one who can defeat him.
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The Proposition 8 Ruling (in simple language)
So what happens next?
Nothing happens yet. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will review the case. After that, the U.S. Supreme Court will probably review it, regardless of what the 9th Circuit says. If the current ruling survives that, same-sex marriage will essentially become legal in every state. There was nothing to limit this holding to Prop. 8.
Will it survive appeal?
This opinion has a very good chance of surviving appeal. On the other hand, the current Supreme Court has been handing down some very narrow rulings. This Prop. 8 opinion is pretty sweeping—so the court might either reverse it or find a way to reach the same conclusion on much more narrow grounds.
Here’s hoping the Court will have the balls to do the right thing.