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CA Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

May 16, 2008

Sacramento, CA - The landmark ruling from the California Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry is being heralded as an historic moment. In a four-to-three decision, the justices ruled Thursday that a voter-approved law defining marriage as between one man and one woman was unconstitutional.

Alice Kessler, with Equality California, says it's a decision with national impact.

"The California Supreme Court is considered one of the most influential state supreme courts in the nation. Their decision is going to change the course of our nation's history on this issue and help us for the first time achieve true equality in California."

Kessler says other states were closely watching what happened in California and she believes they will also legalize same-sex marriage.

"Our state is a leader; what happens here often follows in other states. So, we couldn't be happier with the outcome. We do believe that it will have a ripple effect throughout the nation."

Opponents of defining marriage to include same-sex couples want to amend the state constitution, and they say they've already collected enough signatures to put the matter before voters in November. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will not support any amendment that would overturn the court's ruling.

More information about the decision may be found online at
www.courtinfo.ca.gov.

Lori Abbott/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - CA