The California Supreme Court has overturned a gay marriage ban in a ruling that would make the nation’s largest state the second one to allow gay and lesbian weddings.
The justices’ 4-3 decision Thursday says domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage. Chief Justice Ron George wrote the opinion.
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 month long same-sex wedding march.
The case before the court involved a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn a voter-approved law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Maybe I'm just an old liberal, but I've always seen the gay marriage issue in very simple terms: equal rights. Discrimination is wrong. How consenting adults define their relationships should not be restricted by laws. As with inter-racial marriage decades ago, it's good to see a win for freedom over institutional discrimination.