Monday, March 14, 2005

California Judge Ups Ante

Same-sex marriage appears headed to California's highest court, soon. Today, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Karmer ruled the state law that withholds marriage licenses based on gender is unconstitutional. He wrote that there was "no rational purpose" for limiting marriage to opposite gender couples.

He seems to have put a plain point on the constitutional issue. In his decision, he wrote, "The state's protracted denial of equal protection cannot be justified simply because such constitutional violation has become traditional."

Meanwhile, there is likely a loud humming from the drones in Sacramento. Two bills are trying to get a DoMA bill on the November ballot. This could take the decision out of the hands of both the courts and the legislature, if the state's Supreme Court doesn't handle it first.

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