California’s top court overturns gay marriage ban
By LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer
Thu May 15, 2008, 7:45 PM ET
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.
The city of San Francisco, two dozen gay and lesbian couples and gay rights groups sued in March 2004 after the court halted San Francisco’s monthlong same-sex wedding march.
“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 gays.
Comment by Fathers for Life: It appears that the power of judiciary activists over democratic rights has no limits. Nevertheless, gay-marriage rights are practically a non-issue, as very few gays will exercise their right to be married. Moreover, such marriages do on average not last very long.
Committed one-on-one relationships of male homosexuals last on average about one year, while female homosexuals experience on average a slightly longer interval of such relationships, about 1½ years.
It is quite likely that the only parties for whom gay marriage rights are truly a boon are those who make a living by working in the divorce industry. The more gays marry, the more divorces there will be, and the more earnings and employment opportunities will be had in the divorce industry.
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