Monday, March 14, 2005

judge rules that same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

san francisco's superior court judge richard kramer ruled today that the ban on same-sex marriage in california is unconstitutional. california's proposition 22, which 59% of voters passed in 2000, is only 14 words long: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." this is the first time that a judge in california has ruled that the voice of 59% of the voters violates the constitution.

the judge basically rejected the argument made by california's attorney-general bill lockyer that california is entitled to maintain the traditional definition of marriage. the judge said that same argument was offered for the state's ban on interracial marriage, which was struck down by the state supreme court in 1948.

so, this means that those who lost this case will appeal to the state supreme court. that could happen next year.
anyway, if you are wanting to know, it's an absolutely sunny day here in the san francisco bay area....temperatures range today from the high 60's to the low 70's....very pleasant.

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