As we end May and come into June, a series of political and judicial hearings are leaving many in the GLBT community anxious.
For any who do not know, June is GLBT pride month. All over the nation and the world, communities organize grand parades and sometimes as much as week-long celebrations to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the moment considered by most to be the turning point for Gay Rights in the United States and for some even, the world.
With the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell having moved through the House and on it's way to the Senate, it brings a moment of pause to even the most apolitical GLBT person or friendly supporter. While chances are that Senate conservatives will filibuster, it's hard not to remain hopeful.
On June 16th, the closing arguments for the "Proposition 8 Trial" [Perry v. Schwarzenegger, California Supreme Court] will be held, determining the legality of anti-same sex marriage laws introduced into the California Constitution with Proposition 8. If a decision is reached in June, it could mark the greatest victory for GLBT civil rights in American history. Win or lose, the attorneys who brought the suit will push forward to the federal Supreme Court to demand equal rights for all GLBT Americans.
Though hopeful, many GLBT Americans (myself included) are also anxious and many frightened for the outcome of these landmark events. Neither has an absolute outcome and, both are paramount to the GLBT rights movement.
For neutral reference on the Perry v. Schwarzenegger California Supreme Court case, please go here: