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In a monumental surprising 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court has struck down a voter-approved ban on gay marriage in the state, affirming the lives and loves of many same-sex couples across the state.
When I had heard the way the justices pestered the advocates during the hearing a few months ago, I didn’t hold out much hope for this ruling. Even CNN had not expected the ruling since they actually went ahead to announce that the California Supreme Court had upheld the marriage ban! Talk about juvenile news reporting:
“I can’t think it was unexpected but we knew top court of California was going to decide today whether to realize same-sex marriage. It appears that they have determined they would not legalize same-sex marriage.”
Absolutely fucking incompetent.
The decision does not grant same-sex couples federal benefits, but it does give them all the state benefits and rights given to heterosexual couples. We finally have de jure marriage equality in the state of California and as Gavin Newsom said during his press conference,
“It’s about human dignity. It’s about civil rights. It’s about time.”
The fight is not yet over as homophobes would most certainly petition for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage at the elections this November. We must turn out in big numbers to vote against it, PERIOD.
“What happens in California, either way, will have a huge impact around the nation. It will set the tone,” said Geoffrey Kors, executive director of the gay rights group Equality California.
I will read and pull the history-making, trend-setting quotes from the Supreme Court decision in another post. It is 120 pages.