May 15th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

California ban on same-sex marriage struck down

California's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
California's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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.

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. A.K.

    Hooray!

    May 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Trey

    Finally the United States is coming around, its about equality and its about love

    May 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. G in Tampa

    It's about time. It's truly time for America to grow up and become part of the global community in all respects. How can we be the most advanced and in many respects the least evolved?

    May 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Mike Lorain, OH

    Good, Way to go, its time we need equal protection and liberties to same-sex couples...otherwise we shouldn't be calling ourselves "Land of the Free"

    May 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Majority Rule Moral Majority

    So much for States Rights and the rights of the tax paying citizens of California. Looks like our socialist and communist government led by judges that are corrupt and immoral is in charge until we have another revolution.

    May 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    about time :)

    May 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. obama 08

    about time! :)

    May 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    our troops fight for our freedom

    we have freedom of speech thanks to our great troops

    to each his own

    we humans are not suppose to judge

    all said and done

    May 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. mitchell from arkansaw

    good .everyone has the right to "the pursuit of happiness".anyone who doesn't like it,should mind their own business.

    May 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Tony - DC

    CALIFORNIA RULES! :)

    May 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. mark- Las vegas

    Thank you California! Way to go!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Sharon Minnesota

    Praise the Lord!!! Even California liberals have a little common sense.

    May 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Mike

    Yes. Thank you.

    May 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Kjetil

    Thats great. In some month Norway will come after also. It should be like this inn all states and in all contries. Every youth should have same oppertunities as friends and sisters/brothers. Not fair that some few dont have rights and oppertunities because the way someone understand their own religion.

    May 15, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Bukky

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

    Now all i have to do is move to Cali... LOL

    May 15, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Cammi317

    I'll refrain from commenting on this particular topic. If it matters to you, then congrats????

    May 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Simon, CA

    My goodness, this world is falling apart! I'm sad on behalf of myself, family life and our country!

    May 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. JW

    C'mon California, you're suppose to lead us on these progressive issues.

    May 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Rachel

    That is excellent news. I never understood the ban in the first place. It's not like gay people stop being gay... now we're just helping them feel like complete human beings!

    May 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Karl Rove

    GOOD...it should be banned all across the U.S.

    May 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. David

    there will be a price that none of us will want to pay for this. all we can do now is hope this goes to the US supreme court so this silliness will stop. this is not the ruling of the people. time and again has been shown that the majority is against this but a handful of judges do not speak for us. they will answer for it, too.

    May 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Sidney C

    Let them get married for pete sakes, they have the right to be as miserable as the rest of us.

    May 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Jeanne

    I am so happy. This will hopefully pave the way to give same-sex couples & families the same legal rights & opportunities as heterosexual couples & families. In my opinion, this is a legal matter & not a religious matter. Same-sex families should have equal rights & protection under the law.

    May 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Politico

    As a Californian, I'm proud of my state! I simply don't buy the argument that allowing same-sex marriages weakens traditional marriages. As a married woman (heterosexual union), I don't feel like my union is worth any less because same sex couples are being granted the same freedoms. Anyone who feels that same sex marriages degrade family values likely doesn't live in an area where families built by same sex couples are prominent.

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Dems Unite to Save our Nation

    Good. Tired of church and state mixing. Marriage should be open to anyone who wants to get married.

    May 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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