The WEDLOCK Project
Part One: ENGAGEMENT
Part Two: PDA (Public Displays of Acceptance)
Part Three: MATRIMONY

A union of equals

From the website: religiondispatches.org

In his ruling striking down Prop. 8 as unconstitutional, Judge Vaughn Walker takes a mighty axe to that gnarled tree of marital gender roles and brings it down in just a few chops.

“Marriage between a man and a woman,” he writes in his findings of fact, “was traditionally organized based on presumptions of division of labor along gender lines. Men were seen as suited for certain types of work and women for others.”

Later, in his conclusion of law, he writes that over time marriage has moved away from a gendered institution into a union of equals and “toward an institution free from state-mandated gender roles.” Such a move, he writes, “reflects an evolution of the understanding of gender rather than a change in marriage.”

To read Judge Vaughn’s entire ruling, please click thru to the following link:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2010/08/proposition-8-overturned.html

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