California Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
The California Supreme Court has overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage in a 4-3 decision:
The California Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples should be permitted to marry, rejecting state marriage laws as discriminatory.
The long-awaited court opinion, written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George, stemmed from San Francisco’s highly publicized same-sex weddings, which in 2004 helped spur a conservative backlash in a presidential election year and a national dialogue over gay rights.
The dissenters preferred to leave the matter up to the legislature and the voters (November ballot initiative would add the ban to the Constitution).
Apparently my memory is faulty, as I thought I voted ‘Nay’ on a California Constitutional amendment years ago. A quick check today confirmed that that initiative simply defined marriage as between a man and a woman. So, absent a Constitutional ban, the state Supreme Court was free to strike down the existing statutory ban.