it’s been a rough week for marriage equality

The road to equality sure has its ups and downs, but the secret is
not to dwell on either. So long as we stay on message, hold our
heads up high and keep fighting the good fight, we’ll continue to
make progress and learn from the challenges we encounter.

Having said that, it sure has been a rough week. Tuesday marked a
4 – 3
split decision from Maryland’s Court of Appeals
, reversing a
lower court decision and upholding the state law barring gay and
lesbian couples from marrying.

The majority opinion said that while the court agrees
that marriage is a fundamental right, it says there is no
fundamental right to marry someone of the same sex.

Then, to add insult to injury, Gov. Schwarzenegger “terminated” the California marriage bill for the
second time in a row. The bill would have granted gays and lesbians
marriage rights in California, and was overwhelmingly approved in
the state’s legislature.

The only thing that would change his mind, he said
Monday, is if voters overturned Proposition 22 which was passed by
the electorate in 2000 to stop gay marriage, but which courts have
ruled only applies to marriages performed out of state.

“It would be wrong for the people to vote for something and for me
to then overturn it,” Schwarzenegger told reporters at a news

As cheesy Terminator puns flood my mind, all I can think is,
“Arnold, we’ll be back….”