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This is a good start to a thursday

The California Supreme Court has overturned a gay marriage ban in a ruling that would make the nation’s largest state the second one to allow gay and lesbian weddings.

The justices' 4-3 decision Thursday says domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage. Chief Justice Ron George wrote the opinion.

via The SF Chronicle

That makes two states in this godforsaken country that have redeemed themselves in the eyes of G-d.

Congratulations, California. If you don’t pass a hate amendment, I take back most of the mean things I’ve said about you.


California already passed a hate amendment some years ago. I don’t know if the new one, were it to pass, would stand up.

rone Thu May 15 12:16:47 2008

Wasn’t the last one simply a law? If it was in the california constitution (like the one that passed in my godforsaken state) I don’t know how well the “this is unconstitutional” argument would work.

David Parsons Thu May 15 12:44:13 2008

Yeah, probably not in the constitution, but i don’t know where exactly it is. Some California initiatives change the constitution and some don’t. It’s a mess.

rone Thu May 15 16:47:47 2008

The Supremes did declare Colorado’s Amendment 2, voted in by a plebiscite, unconstitutional. Scalia, as usual, came up with a hate-filled dissent, probably the only time the term “kulturkampf” (culture war, from Bismark) has been used in a Supreme Court decision.

Francois Thu May 15 23:24:10 2008

Right, but that was the US supreme court; the problem, as I understand it, with a state constitutional amendment (no matter how fucked up it may be) is that this takes the matter completely out of the hands of the state courts.

David Parsons Fri May 16 04:41:55 2008

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