Friday, October 27, 2006

SSM Final Word in Olympia

Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court did the expected and refused to reconsider its narrow (5-4) rejection of same-sex marriage. It is particularly rare for this court to reconsider any decision.

This is as far as it goes in courts there. No appeal is possible.

The tiny chance had been that the majority judges might re-read the strong and reasoned dissents to their emotional rejection. Not this week.

Local Paper Tie-In: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial on the matter recognized that Jersey's court didn't have to deal with a DOMA-style law, but still cheered them over the Washington court. On that coast, the editors add, "Court rulings notwithstanding, the Legislature should act to end the inequity in civil liberties for gay couples."

The same day, George the Lesser railed against the New Jersey Supreme Court that mandated marriage equality there, either by full marriage or a legally identical structure.

"I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I believe it's a sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of families, and it must be defended."

Incurious George, of course, had no specifics on defense. Maybe he can use some of the National Guard as they return from Iraq, those who live, that is.

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1 comment:

Laurel said...

In WA, our only recourse now is the legislature. But to make anything happen there, we first need to build a better state-wide base. Now is the time to jump into the effort if you haven't yet. Discuss the issues with friends and family. Volunteer for a pro-equality org like EqualRightsWashington.org. Help the campaign of a LGBT-friendly candidate. We have to do this ourselves. No one will do it for us.

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