May 16, 2008

[Pink News] Gay Marriages Constitutional in California

Flickr: katerw - nytimes: California Court Affirms Right to Gay Marriage
nytimes: California Court Affirms Right to Gay Marriage
by katerw.


In a landmark 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court ruled that the ban on gay marriages within the state of California was unconstitutional today, Thursday, May 15, 2008. The ruling stated that sexual orientation like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights." Yes, gay marriages are constitutional in California.

Man, I wish my partner, Brian, was here with me in Los Angeles now.

Of course this doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet my queer friends. Already groups are moving to amend the state constitution to redefine marriage strictly as the union between a man and a woman, thus effectively eliminating all chances of gay marriage in the future once more. that doesn't include any moves the White House might try to make in the last few months of Bush's term since we've heard of stupider things done in the past.

Still, let's not be overly dour and celebrate this positive move for gay rights not just in the US but around the world. The California ruling will be used as a model for gay activists around the world to continue to push for true equality in the eyes of the law.

I can't wait for the day that I'll get to marry my partner and get the rights and privileges we deserve as a happily married couple fully recognized by the law whether in this country or any other around the world. It's a far off dream, but I still keep that notion in my heart and I'd like to believe that it's not so far fetched an idea.

1 comment:

TeTeT, your resident tour guide and VA said...

This is a great news...am happy for all my gay friends out there!

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