Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in California
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The State Supreme Court decided today that discrimination against same-sex marriage creates “second class citizens” and that it will not deprive opposite-sex couples of any rights. Governor Schwarzenegger agrees but the court was split 4 to 3, and today’s ruling will mean political fireworks between now and November.
Under the state constitution, marriage is a basic civil right for all Californians—gay or heterosexual. Same-sex marriage does not deprive opposite-sex couples of any rights. That's according to the State Supreme Court, in a 4 to 3 ruling written by Chief Justice Ron George. The decision throws out the state's legal ban enacted in 1977 and reaffirmed by the voters eight years ago in Proposition 22.
- Bob Egelko: Staff writer, San Francisco Chronicle
- Jon Davidson: Legal Director, Lambda Legal
- Austin Nimocks: Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund
- Patrick Sammon: President of Log Cabin Republicans
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