Domestic partners John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney were excited, saying they can finally be newlyweds after 21 years together. The decision came from a panel of justices appointed by six Republican governors. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Ron George in essence said separate was not equal -- domestic partnerships were not the same as marriage. George wrote, "Our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation.
Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban - The New York Times
May 16, California joins Massachusetts as the second state to legalize gay marriage following a decision Thursday by the state's highest court. Ruling 4 to3, the court found marriage to be a "fundamental constitutional right," and to deny that right to same-sex couples would require a compelling government interest. The Republican-dominated court said the state had failed to show such an interest. Unlike in Massachusetts, nothing prevents out-of-state same-sex couples from coming to California to get married.
California Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country. The Obama administration's friend-of-the-court brief marked the first time a U. The filing unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure, although it stops short of the soaring rhetoric on marriage equality Obama expressed in his inaugural address in January. California is one of eight states that give gay couples all the benefits of marriage through civil unions or domestic partnership, but don't allow them to wed.
A federal judge in California ruled today that the state's same-sex marriage ban amounts to unconstitutional discrimination and should be immediately struck down. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in a page decision. Walker issued a stay on the order overturning Prop 8 to allow supporters of the measure to argue why it should remain in effect while pursuing an appeal. The case is expected to reach the U.