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Thursday, May 15, 2008

California's gay marriage decision

From the California State Supreme Court's decision today to overturn the state's law banning gay marriage:

Furthermore, in contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation—like a person’s race or gender—does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.

Hear hear.

Incidentally, six of the seven judges on the court are Republicans, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican Governor, supports the ruling:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement immediately after the opinion was issued saying he would uphold the ruling.

"I respect the Court’s decision and as Governor, I will uphold its ruling. Also, as I have said in the past, I will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling," he added.

(ht: extensive coverage at Citizen Crain )

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