SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry.
The case involved a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn a voter- approved law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
With the ruling, California could become the second state after Massachusetts where gay and lesbian residents can marry.
Remember, they could be the second state. That doesn’t mean this decision says gay marriage is legal in Cali.
As I’ve stated before, I don’t know why the government is in the business of marriage in the first place. Let that be up to churches. Government should be in the business of allowing two people to form a civil union for legal and property purposes, and nothing else.
And to that point, Cali apparently already has a law that does just that…
California already offers same-sex couples who register as domestic partners the same legal rights and responsibilities as married spouses, including the right to divorce and to sue for child support. It’s therefore unclear what additional relief state lawmakers could offer short of marriage if the court renders the existing ban unconstitutional.
More as it develops…