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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  1. Mike Lorain, OH (Please post CNN)

    Way to go...its about time we have EQUAL rights, liberties, and protections for everyone, otherwise we shouldn't be calling ourselves "Land of the Free"

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. carrie

    why should same sex marriages be allowed?
    marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.
    civil unions are a bit managebale,but marriage is out
    so there

    May 15, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. JRO

    It's about time that California allow loving same sex couples to marry. Any state that decides to follow their fair minded ways should also do so. Gay couples are denied basic rights daily in this country, and must live with the constant threat that everything they own and have worked for could be taken away because they "aren't married." Same sex marriage should stay a state-level matter, and the President and Supreme Court should stay out of it. In a country where citizens are free to practice whatever religion they choose, biblical scripture should also stay out of the debate.

    We are people, too... who deserve the right to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our families. When my partner had emergency surgery this Spring to remove a tumor on her ear drum, I was denied entrance into the recovery room and was told I "wasn't family." Let any opponent of same sex marriage go through a similar situation, and we'll see how quickly their attitudes change.

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. MD Houston

    Once again, a court is overruling elected representatives who should be carrying out the will of the people they represent.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. JRO

    It's about time that California allow loving same sex couples to marry. Any state that decides to follow their fair minded ways should also do so. Gay couples are denied basic rights daily in this country, and must live with the constant threat that everything they own and have worked for could be taken away because they "aren't married." Same sex marriage should stay a state-level matter, and the President and Supreme Court should stay out of it. In a country where citizens are free to practice whatever religion they choose, biblical scripture should also stay out of the debate.

    We are people, too... who deserve the right to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our families. When my partner had 6 hours of emergency surgery this Spring to remove a tumor on her ear drum, I was denied entrance into the recovery room and was told I "wasn't family." Let any opponent of same sex marriage go through a similar situation, and we'll see how quickly their attitudes change.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. frank, las vegas

    This is an outrageous decision by the court! It's going to lead to profound moral decadence in a country that says: "In God we Trust"

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. for the good of the democratic party

    keep them coming...i think this qualifies as a flood...about 40 superdelegates in 9 days...wow

    Clinton supporters keeping bad-mouthing superdelegates....it shows how mean spirited they really are. I wish they would realize that Obama won't be denied. Instead of being gracious and recognizing that, they are prepared to take this to the convention and that is unacceptable. We as democrats should start aiming are fire at John McBush. If we do that, the democrats will take the white house in an unprecedented fashion. I have no doubt that It will be a Reagan type victory where we win an astounding victory. So democrats unite

    say NO to failed bush policies on IRAQ
    say NO to failed bush policies on ECONOMY
    say NO to failed bush policies on HEALTHCARE
    say NO to failed bush policies on EDUCATION
    say NO to failed bush policies on ENVIRONMENT

    TRUE democrats will unite around Obama due to the MAJOR policy differences between Mccain. Democrats who don't are the scum of society and shouldn't be considered true democrats anyway.

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Sara from Arizona

    A sad day in America.

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Ron, TX

    Marriage is a right. Rights are not "pick and choose"

    California just moved up a notch on the human rights scale.

    May 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. pat ny

    i did

    May 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Hopeful

    This immoral. That's why the US is the way it is now; they let anything fly.

    May 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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