Big news day today. The California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 by a vote of 6-1, and they upheld the legality of the 18,000 marriages which were performed before Prop 8 went into effect. In a sense this is a mixed message, but not from the point of the view of the California Supreme Court. They upheld the marriages exactly as they had in their original decision to allow them in the first place and then judged the merits of Prop 8 on the constitutionality of the entire proposition process. According the California Supreme Court, California voters do have the ability to curtail the rights of fellow Californians through the proposition process. This is an interesting decision which could have all kinds of ramifications when the majority decides they don't like something else about another minority. That's not supposed to be a Catholic thing.
The other big news was the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor as Justice Souter's replacement on the Supreme court. Americans United For Life have already dissed this nomination on the grounds she's an activist. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the court and would add one more Catholic to the Court bringing the total number of Catholics to six.
Sotomayor has already been through two senate confirmation hearings and was a Bush nominee to the Second District Court Of Appeals. The Republicans who choose to fight this nomination are probably just choosing to fight because they can, since she's already made it through their vetting twice. In the process they may upset the Hispanic community even more than they already have, so maybe wiser heads in the party will prevail. Not Governor Mike Huckabee however. Somehow he's decided she comes from the extreme left and will set the tone for the Extreme Court. Maybe it's her Catholic thing.
In good news though, Internet sensation Susan Boyle has advanced to the finals in Britain's Got Talent. The great thing about Susan is she is so not what one expects when she walks out on stage. There is almost a mental disconnect between the lack of audience expectation and the talent of her voice. She makes no apologies for who she is or how she comes across, she is there to sing--and she does it well. No false pride, no pretensions, just some good old fashioned joy in the moment. Maybe it's her Catholic thing.
Click here for video of her semi finals performance of 'Memories' from the Broadway musical 'Cats'. I'd have uploaded it, but Blogger was having issues.