State Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry
Thursday, May 15, 2008
In a 4-3 decision, the justices said the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the “fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship.” The ruling is likely to flood county courthouses with applications from couples newly eligible to marry when the decision takes effect in 30 days.
Wow! So it’s finally happened! I’m so happy for all of my fellow Gay Californians who now have the same rights as heteros to get married. I hope that they will all take advantage of this new right, and marry. It must be great for them to know that they now have the same option as any other tax paying member of society. I wish them all the happiness that this promises. I just hope that the wretched, evil, hate filled pea brained raisin hearted right wingers are unsuccessful in causing an amendment to the state constitution which would effectively and finally trump this ruling, sending us back to their comfortable troglodyte pre-historic age. I wish that I was joking. I’m not. Read this:
The celebration could turn out to be short-lived, however. The court’s decision could be overturned in November, when Californians are likely to vote on a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. Conservative religious organizations have submitted more than 1.1 million signatures on initiative petitions, and officials are working to determine if at least 694,354 of them are valid.
“The California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples,” Chief Justice Ronald George wrote in the majority opinion.
The California case is In re Marriage Cases, S147999. The ruling is available at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions.