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Saturday, 28 February 2004

California State Supreme Court declines to ban gay marriage precipitously

At the urging of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer had asked the State Supreme Court to halt further gay marriages and to annul marriage licences already issued. The court has declined, and instead has asked opponents of gay marriage to file papers with the court at the end of the week.

I think what this means, reading between the lines, is that they want the bigots to justify themselves in a court before they (the court) are prevailed upon to deprive some citizens of their equal rights. This is a very fundamental issue, where the US does not have an entirely unblemished record, and it is right that the court is insisting that the issues be clearly stated so there can be no fudging of the issues involved, rather than simply bowing to partisan political pressure.

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