At least there is something more to talk about then sexual harassment by powerful politicians and young staffers. That’s so 1997.
A state appeals court upheld California’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, dealing a critical defeat to a movement hungry for a win after high courts in two other states, New York and Washington, upheld similar bans.
In reversing the March 2005 ruling of a San Francisco trial judge, the 1st District Court of Appeal agreed with the state’s attorney general, who argued it is up to the Legislature, not the courts, to change the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
“We conclude California’s historical definition of marriage does not deprive individuals of a vested fundamental right or discriminate against a suspect class,” the court said in a 2-1 decision. “The time may come when California chooses to expand the definition of marriage to encompass same-sex unions. That change must come from democratic processes, however, not by judicial fiat.”
Well, well, well. Isn’t this what we’ve been saying here for a longgggg time?
*looking around* I don’t see any lawyers, just common-sense, logical folks ’round here!
UPDATE (from GPW): I may have more to say on this later. I think this is good news. Opponents of gay marriage failed to muster enough signatures to get a gay marriage-ban on the fall ballot. Had the courts imposed gay marriage here, it might have given them the impetus they needed not only to get the ban on the ballot, but to get it passed as well. What this means is that there’s going to be no backlash in the Golden State.
Now it’s time to win the hearts and minds of the citizens of California, by making the case for gay marriage to them, rather than to a handful of judges.