Thursday, May 15, 2008

Congratulations California!

The California Supreme Court has just struck down the state's ban on same sex marriage as unconstitutional. Gay men and lesbians can now marry legally in that state. Another blow to bigotry and another step along the path to equality!

From the Decision:

Furthermore, in contrast to earlier times, 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, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights. We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.

1 comment:

Mark in DE said...

Yay!!! Although the fight isn't over yet (conservatives are sure to appeal), it sends the "right" message to the other states.

Now, all you gay CA readers: Go get married!!!

Mark :-)