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 striking down the ban.
Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as the news spread. Jeanie Rizzo, one of the plaintiffs, called Pali Cooper, her partner of 19 years, and asked, "Pali, will you marry me?” This is a very historic day. This is just such freedom for us," Rizzo said. "This is a message that says all of us are entitled to human dignity." In the Castro district, historically a center of the gay community in San Francisco, Tim Oviatt started crying while watching the news on TV.” I’ve been waiting for this all my life," he said. "This is a life-affirming moment."
The challenge for gay rights advocates, however, is not over. A coalition of religious and social conservative groups is attempting to put a measure on the November ballot that would enshrine laws banning gay marriage in the state constitution…If voters pass the measure in November, it would trump the court's decision.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has twice vetoed legislation that would've granted marriage rights to same-sex couples, said in a news release that he respected the court's decision and "will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling."
Well, affirmation and justice finally ...for some! The beginning of the end, the slippery slope, Sodom, for others. Oh my...!
In all honesty, I am rather lukewarm about the news!
Societies who have already made it possible for same sex couples to marry have hardly had a deluge of takers, nor does it seem the measure has altered the levels of promiscuity and high risk behaviours in that community.
For those who predict the doom of nations and a new storm of fire from heaven from this ruling, it would be good to note that there was no same sex marriage provision in either Sodom or Gomorrah! Furthermore,the demise of families, marriages, single parenthood and all that entails has everything to do with the behaviour of heterosexuals and very little with homosexuals who want their relationships sanctioned by the state!
This should make for interesting Sunday prayers....~