Thursday, May 15, 2008

California's Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban

Posted by Teresa at 1:01 PM
From the AP:
SAN FRANCISCO - In a monumental victory for the gay rights
movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved
ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex
couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot.

Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage,
the justices ruled 4-3 in an opinion written by Chief Justice Ron George.

Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered
as news spread of the decision.
"Our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a
loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and
responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the
individual's sexual orientation," the court wrote.
I will just make a couple of points on gay marriage. I'm not for courts overturning
what the voters wanted. The voters of California made their voice clear and it was
pointless. I also don't like gay marriage being called a "civil rights" issue. If marriage
is a civil rights issue then isn't every single person being denied a right? Also, I find
it ironic that the definition of marriage has become such an important issue when for
decades we've been told it's "just a piece of paper" and it's an archaic institution. It's
only an archaic institution when it's between a man and woman, huh?

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