The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Ah, equality.

Yesterday afternoon, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. This is a big day for us. And by us, I don't mean the LGBT community (as I'm heterosexual myself). I don't mean liberals. I don't mean Californians. I don't mean Americans. I mean citizens of the world who fight for any and all equal rights every day. This ruling is our first victory. It's the first step in the right direction we've had in a long time.

Man, it feels good.

So, of course, those at Protect Marriage have already filed their appeal. This means that we move on to the notoriously rad Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pending their decision, we move on to the Supreme Court of the United States. That sounds fun, doesn't it? I can't wait.

It's funny, because a week ago, I would never have spoken this light-heartedly about this. I was so angry, so ready to fight these people. And now? We've won, and so I get to breathe easy. I get to call the court of appeals "rad."

And of course, yesterday and today have been full of the obligatory facebook banter. I love that stuff. People who don't know each other except for being mutual facebook friends with some other person are arguing at the top of their vocabularies all the reasons why this is or isn't the best day ever. I admit to having participated in one or two. But it's our turn! It's our turn to say, "See? See how right we've always been? See what the constitution that you love so effing much finally says about your lies? See!?"

And the joy for all those couples whose marriages were in limbo! The joy for those waiting and waiting for these proceedings to allow them to marry! The joy for those in fear of their lives, their dignity, their reputations. It's a great day to be an American. It's a great day to be alive!

Ah, equality.

Ask and you shall receive.

Reasons why I will never be elected.