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Wish We All Could Be California Girls!

Surfer Girl, by casch52 @ FlickerA peeak above our garters to the California Supreme Court, and one to CNN for sharing this with us!

WASHINGTON (CNN) — In a much-anticipated ruling issued Thursday, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Several gay and lesbian couples, along with the city of San Francisco and gay rights groups, sued to overturn state laws allowing only marriages between a man and a woman.

“There can be no doubt that extending the designation of marriage to same-sex couples, rather than denying it to all couples, is the equal protection remedy that is most consistent with our state’s general legislative policy and preference,” said the 120-page ruling.

It said that the state law’s language “limiting the designation of marriage to a ‘union between a man and a woman’ is unconstitutional, and that the remaining statutory language must be understood as making the designation of marriage available to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.”

With the ruling, California becomes the second state to allow same-sex couples to legally wed. Massachusetts adopted the practice in 2004, and couples don’t need to be state residents to wed there.

Let’s go surfing now!

From whence came the art:
That image is titled Surfer Girl, by casch52

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11 Responses

  1. Yeah, I am so proud of my home state. Now we just have to defeat the initiative to amend the constitution we will very probably face this November. It is just waiting for the secretary of state to certify the signatures.

  2. Greg Laden says:

    This part is very important:

    “The ruling surprised legal experts because the court has a reputation for being conservative. Six of its seven judges are Republican appointees.”

    Equal protection is a pretty basic right not just in the State of California. Conservative judges are probably going to lean this way generally.

  3. Kym says:

    Did I mention I love California. I wonder how many weddings I will be going to?

  4. JanieBelle says:

    One could probably make a mint taking bets on the outcome of the ballot initiative, Natasha. If it were to pass, I’d bet against it in a challenge at the federal level, though.

    I certainly hope you’re right about the judges, Greg. It seems pretty clear-cut to me. There’s no difference between these laws and the anti-miscegenation laws struck down in cases like Loving.

    Mildred Loving’s thoughts on the comparison can be found here. The final two paragraphs especially move me to tears. The world is a better place for her having been here, and a lesser place for her loss.

    Kym, I hope you find yourself awash in wedding invitations. My first thought was that you should scan them and share them as a collection. My second thought is that we probably shouldn’t give the whackos any targets. How sad the second thought…

  5. Greg Laden says:

    Going through an old book, I found an invitation to a wedding (then illegal, of course) of my best friend, from 20 years ago. I had just heard from her a few days earlier that she and her lady were getting remarried again (legally) in Mass.

    During the intervening period they raised two kids.

  6. JanieBelle says:

    That’s awesome, Greg. Please pass along our congratulations.

    Better late than never, I suppose, but it should have never been forced to be late in the first place.

  7. Geomodal says:

    Yay! I often wish I’d been born and raised in a state like California. Instead, it was Georgia. Sigh.

  8. Geomodal says:

    On second thought, there is that whole nasty tectonic plate boundary issue there… can’t they legislate _that_ away or something?

  9. JanieBelle says:

    That’d be helpful, Geomodal. I’ll call up some of my friends in Cali and ask them about it.

    As for being born and raised in Georgia, always remember that it could have been worse. It could have been Alabama.

  10. mike says:

    Yay!!! Our congregation has been trying to get marriage rights moving in Maryland to no avail. It’s so frustrating to talk to conservative fucktards and then go over to the spineless liberals who basically look over their shoulder and say “Well yes we know you’re right, but I can’t possibly make it fly and I can’t say that officially.”

  11. JanieBelle says:

    Agreed wholeheartedly, mike. In fact, “frustrating” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

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