(People's Republic of) California Supreme Overturns Gay Marriage Ban


Thank God I'm alive!
Once again, activist judges, this time in the People's Republic of California, disregard the will of the people in pursuit of political correctness. Ironically, these are the same judges who struck down San Francisco's voter approved handgun ban several years ago.

It is a well known fact on this site that California is a state that no clear thinking, freedom loving person would ever dare step foot into. Of course if you are feminist, gay, minority, atheist/agnostic, and left wing, then you are welcome. The tolerance that this state's politicos pride themselves on is turned on its head if competing ideas are brought forth. What a bunch of morons.

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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 .

Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as news spread of the decision.

The city of San Francisco, two dozen gay and lesbian couples and gay rights groups sued in March 2004 after the court halted the monthlong wedding march that took place when Mayor Gavin Newsom opened the doors of City Hall to same-sex marriages.

"Today the California Supreme Court took a giant leap to ensure that everybody — not just in the state of California, but throughout the country — will have equal treatment under the law," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who argued the case for San Francisco.

The challenge for gay rights advocates, however, is not over.

A coalition of religious and social conservative groups is attempting to put a measure on the November ballot that would enshrine laws banning gay marriage in the state constitution.

The Secretary of State is expected to rule by the end of June whether the sponsors gathered enough signatures to qualify the marriage amendment, similar to ones enacted in 26 other states.

If voters pass the measure in November, it would trump the court's decision.

California already offers same-sex couples who register as domestic partners the same legal rights and responsibilities as married spouses, including the right to divorce and to sue for child support.

But, "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," Chief Justice Ron George wrote for the court's majority.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Marvin Baxter agreed with many arguments of the majority but said the court overstepped its authority. Changes to marriage laws should be decided by the voters, Baxter wrote.

Being a native Californian this makes my sick. Cali use to be a great place to live, then the 60's hit and the state went to h$%l in a hand basket. To many illegals from NY, NJ, Mass moved there and brought their liberal ideas with them, like the speaker of the House, she's from NJ. I got so fed up we moved to Utah 14 years ago.
And--This might work out well for us come November! This just might annoy and anger enough of the people who voted for it that they will actually vote in large enough numbers for once to bring CA back into line with the actual desires of most normal people who still live there.
This is a very sad thing. I do not understand how it can be unconstitutional to not allow gay marriage.

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