SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples should be permitted to marry, rejecting state marriage laws as discriminatory.
The state high court’s ruling was unlikely to end the debate over gay matrimony in California. A group has circulated petitions for a November ballot initiative that would amend the state Constitution to block same-sex marriage, and the Legislature has twice passed bills to authorize gay marriage. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed both.
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I’m thrilled to hear this news as we have several friends who were married in San Francisco during the brief period when Gavin Newsom allowed same sex couples to be married. Some of them have children with their partners.
Today’s ruling by the Republican-dominated court affects more than 100,000 same-sex couples in the state, about a quarter of whom have children, according to U.S. census figures.
I think it is ridiculous that they can form a family but not be allowed to be married, so I’m really happy to hear this news.