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Prop 8 and HIV

Prop8.jpgProposition 8 in California, which amended by referendum the state's constitution to revoke marriage equality for same-sex couples recognized by the state's top court, was declared unconstitutional today by a federal court.

LGBT supporters and LGBT people nationwide have every reason to celebrate the ruling. Equal rights, the ruling asserted, are not subject to the whims of the majority.

In his opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker wrote:

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."
The ruling will be appealed to a U.S. appeals court and perhaps to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ultimate outcome is yet to be determined, but the judge in this case has set the bar high for overturning this ruling. LGBT rights are civil rights, human rights.

As a gay man, I obviously support this ruling. As an HIV-positive man, however, I also support this ruling.

What do HIV and LGBT issues have in common? Homophobia contributes to HIV risk and anti-LGBT laws are homophobic.

Usually I'm a lot more diplomatic, but today all I can muster is do the rest of the darn math yourself.

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Comments on Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.'s blog entry "Prop 8 and HIV"

I agree with you completely. It is been far too long that this discrimination has been allowed.I think the ruling will be affirmed in both courts based on how it is written. This judge studied cases and did his homework. I also agree much of this comes out of fear/homophobia.My gay brother faced discrimination many times and of course when he was dying with AIDS in 1986 many did not understand and this too promoted homophobia. We as a family accepted him completely as we knew he was gay long before he contracted HIV. He was fortunate to have wonderful, caring and compassionate medical professionals, nurses and hosptial.This was often not the case and still is not in many areas of the country.
I work in the HIV field and I see it everyday (fear/homophobia). Erin

In the rush for equality when it comes to same sex marriage (yes, I am gay, hiv positive, have a companion and our family accepts us, oops, not most of are gay friends, he is not pos.), we read the fine print, if we got married, it would not be "equal" as opposite sex couples, yet no one mentions it. One I can recall is citizenship through marriage, this is a state marriage that does not have all Federal Rights. We did not vote for it. Love may have won now, but in the end greed rules and money win's. Think about it. As for how we lost the vote, a underestimated class of "christian democratic non-liberal non-voter" woke up and swung the vote, what makes you think they will let this slid? I am for equality and we have it, but we do not have equality for health care, a positive man like himself is hard pressed to be treated as a human and for his illness, I lost a job because of it, how, do you ask? Take note Employers, every year buy cheap coverage health care, eventually all the expense users will fall out, co-pays are a killer, then driving 100 miles for a "approved Doc" (when one's city has 5 non approved Doc's) one has 2 choices, stop meds or go on public asst. medical (and get treated like shit). 20 pulse years now, i am tired, so, i would rather have a cure then same sex marriage. you just get more respect as a healthy man or woman.

Please explain how "homophobia contributes to HIV risk".

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