Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gay marriage in California

Kudos to the California Supreme Court for overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. For some initial reaction and commentary, see Dan Savage's commentary at the Stranger.

The ruling, which will make California the second jurisdiction to permit same-sex marriage (not just civil unions) goes into effect in 30 days, and Governor Schwarzenegger has indicated that he will uphold the ruling, and not support the referendum initiative that is being organized to overturn it (which would be on the November '08 ballot).

This does have the potential to complicate the 2008 presidential election, but as has been pointed out elsewhere, there's always some election or another in the offing. If the Terminator is willing to uphold the ruling, it will make it difficult to present a united Republican front in California at least. Maybe, just maybe, our friends who we visited in San Francisco will be able to get legally married at their wedding ceremony next April!

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