California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban

Does this mean we’ll be seeing gay marriages right here in L.A.?

I honestly was starting to think I wasn’t going to see this in my lifetime… of course, the case will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Then again, the Supremes have been avoiding this subject for a while… so what does this mean?

021-Gay Marriage Rallies March-May ‘04

In a 4-3 ruling, the justices rule that state marriage laws are unconstitutional.

SAN FRANCISCO — — The California Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples should be permitted to marry, rejecting state marriage laws as discriminatory.

The state high court’s 4-3 ruling was unlikely to end the debate over gay matrimony in California. A group has circulated petitions for a November ballot initiative that would amend the state Constitution to block same-sex marriage, while the Legislature has twice passed bills to authorize gay marriage. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed both. [full story]

Coverage at CNN

Photo taken at the Massachusetts Statehouse in May 2004 by Violentz

8 thoughts on “California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban”

  1. my oh my.what is a lesbian seagull to do? :)i suppose wait for it to be over-ruled :(

  2. There’s no basis to appeal to the US Supreme Court, as the court’s decision was based on the state constitution and there’s nothing in federal law that would overrule it. Otherwise, Massachusetts’s gay marriages would have been tackled by SCOTUS already.

  3. If anyone wants to celebrate, we’ll be rallying with wedding cake (!) at 7 p.m. this evening, at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente in West Hollywood.

    Hope to see you there!!!


  4. I was going to say that this won’t be appealed the Supreme Court, but someone’s already said it for me. Only things that involve federal law, or the federal Constitution, go to the Supreme Court. Anything based on state law or state constitutions stay in the state court systems (more or less).

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