Thursday, May 15, 2008

Courting Sanity

California's supreme court finally cedes to reason and rules in favor of equal rights (and against second-class citizenship) for millions of its citizens. 
Gay Marriage Ban Overturned By California Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO — In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot.

Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage, the justices ruled 4-3 in striking down the ban.

Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as the news spread. Jeanie Rizzo, one of the plaintiffs, called Pali Cooper, her partner of 19 years, and asked, "Pali, will you marry me?"

"This is a very historic day. This is just such freedom for us," Rizzo said. "This is a message that says all of us are entitled to human dignity."
The Daily Dish has reax from a variety of sources, including Cali's governor, here and here.

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