Thursday, May 15, 2008

California legalizes same-sex marriage

The California Supreme Court, 4-3, today declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional under the state's constitution. For the record, six of the Court's seven justices have been appointed by Republican governors.

Wow!

No doubt the presidential contenders will be asked for their response to the court's ruling. Keep an eye out for how they respond.

ADDED: For a civilized exchange on the California Supreme Court's decision, click here for analysis and interpretation by Doug Kmiec (who helped prepare the marriage=man+woman argument) and Marty Lederman (a Georgetown University law professor who worked in Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice from 1994-2002). Readers of Balkinzation will be familiar with their commentary.

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