Thursday, May 15, 2008

YEAH FOR CALIFORNIA! Marriage Equality in One More State

Just a few hours ago, the California Supreme Court voted 4 to 3 to overturn the ban on same sex marriages in California -- effectively making it legal for same sex couples to marry in the state. I've taken a quick look at the decision (it's very long!) and the bottom line seems to be that there is no constitutional reason, in a state that recognized domestic partnerships, to have same sex couples denied the full benefits of marriage, including using the "M" word.

California joins Massachusetts in affirming marriage equality. Connecticut's Supreme Court may do so as well in the coming month.

As our Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality states, "there can be no justification for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender terms of religious values, there is no difference in marriages between a man and a woman, two men, or two women...Where there is love, the sacred is in our midst."

Scripture calls for love and justice in all relationships. Today the Supreme Court of California did so as well.

1 comment:

Jo Gerrard said...

I am pleased that the Governator (Yes, I know, but it's so much fun to say and type) Governor Schwarzenegger is willing to support the Court's decision legislatively. I kind of wish he'd supported it himself legislatively, but this poster (on This thread of the Straight Dope Message Board gave me a few new things to think about on that front.