Judge Vaughn R. Walker, a George H.W. Bush appointee and Chief Judge of the Northern District of California, issued his ruling on Perry v. Schwartenegger, better known as “the Prop 8 case.” Arnold Schwarzenegger was the named defendant as Governor of California. As an interesting side-note, he celebrated “his” defeat, saying the ruling “affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves.”

So here’s our question: Will you be lifting a glass this weekend in response to the ruling, and if so, what will be in it? And why?

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  • I will be celebrating. This decision brings us a little closer to America should be, a land of equal rights for all. So what to drink? Hang on, let me check the cellar.

    One choice is 2006 Laurenz V. Grüner Veltliner Charming, from Austria. Why? Schwartzenegger, the named Defendant, is from Austria, so in a small rhetorical way it’s rubbing the losers nose in it. But in a bigger way, it is a way of acknowledging that while California’s Governor is figuratively on the wrong side of he issue, he is personally on the right side. I could raise my glass to him.

    But the better choice is 2004 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs. It’s from California, and bubbles are for celebrating. It’s really that simple. I raise my glass to Judge Walker, to David Boise and Ted Olson, the former Bush v. Gore combatants who came together to represent the Plaintiff in this case, and most important, to thousands of loving couples and families who now have exactly the same, not more, not less, but the same rights as me.


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  • Since when has Palate Press been interested in politics when the politics (when the politics doesn’t involve wine or liquor regulation, at least)?