Extree, extree! CA Supremes say: Gay nupes a-okay!

The observant and widely blog-read will recognize none other than Sassa, of Accident of Hope fame, availing herself of the gravel pit. Today’s landmark court decision in favor of same-sex marriage was handed down smack dab in the middle of an inter-state lesbian parent blogger schmooze-fest. Auspicious, since Chicory got hitched here with her gal Klove, back that love-struck February, four years ago.

Now here, listen to what the highest court of the nation’s most populous state has to say:

. . . we conclude that, under this states Constitution, the constitutionally based right to marry properly must be understood to encompass the core set of basic substantive legal rights and attributes traditionally associated with marriage that are so integral to an individuals liberty and personal autonomy that they may not be eliminated or abrogated by the Legislature or by the electorate through the statutory initiative process. These core substantive rights include, most fundamentally, the opportunity of an individual to establish with the person with whom the individual has chosen to share his or her life an officially recognized and protected family possessing mutual rights and responsibilities and entitled to the same respect and dignity accorded a union traditionally designated as marriage. As past cases establish, the substantive right of two adults who share a loving relationship to join together to establish an officially recognized family of their own and, if the couple chooses, to raise children within that family constitutes a vitally important attribute of the fundamental interest in liberty and personal autonomy that the California Constitution secures to all persons for the benefit of both the individual and society.

Furthermore, in contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individuals capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individuals sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individuals sexual orientation like a persons race or gender does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights. We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.

9 Responses to Extree, extree! CA Supremes say: Gay nupes a-okay!

  1. liferun May 16, 2008 at #

    What a concept, eh? We really, really, really hope it *sticks* this time!

  2. LesbianDad May 16, 2008 at #

    I know. I’m kinda stupefied. Equal treatment under the law? Huh?

  3. LesbianDad May 16, 2008 at #

    Plus I want to pass this on, sent out to Bay Area members of Our Family Coalition, our regional LGBT family organization:

    Dear families and supporters,

    Congratulations! It is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Committed lesbian and gay couples can legally marry in California starting June 16th!

    Today, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s discriminatory marriage laws banning marriage for same-sex couples. This historic decision is a huge victory for all Californians who cherish fairness and opportunity.

    But the right wing is already poised to take it away.

    They have submitted what appear to be enough signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that, if passed, would nullify today’s landmark victory.

    Equality for All is a coalition of organizations working to defeat this initiative. Please contribute to their campaign fund today.

    Two people in a committed, trusting and loving relationship deserve the dignity and support that comes with marriage. The Court did its job today – to ensure that all Californians are treated fairly and equally under the law.

    What is fair simply does not matter to the right wing extremists who want to deny equality to same-sex couples and all LGBT Californians. They have already poured $2 million dollars into placing the constitutional amendment on the ballot. They are talking about spending $10 million more to pass it in November.

    Equality For All needs your help to raise the millions needed to fight back and speak directly to the voters. It has already talked to hundreds of thousands Californians about this initiative and the harm it could cause for millions of California families. This is just the beginning. Same-sex couples just won the right to marry. Don’t let the right wing take it away. Contribute now to Equality For All!

    It’s critical we continue to build the campaign to fight this initiative. After you’ve made a contribution, please forward this message to 5 of your friends today.

    Today is a joyous one for all of us. Now the fight goes on to preserve the opportunity for everyone to realize their hopes and dreams by being able to marry the person they love. We can’t let the extremists take that away.

    Sincerely,
    Judy Appel
    [Director, Our Family Coalition]

  4. Doodaddy May 16, 2008 at #

    About time, too!

    I’m forwarding the OFC letter to a bunch of people. We can fight it!

  5. LesbianDad May 16, 2008 at #

    Thank you, brother!

  6. Reno May 16, 2008 at #

    Thanks for sharing the OFC letter — I reposted it in my blog.

  7. LookyDaddy May 16, 2008 at #

    Almost by reflex I keep trying to come up with a cynical comment to throw in here, but I’ve got nothing. So I’ll just agree with Doodaddy and say it is about time, indeed. Let’s not let anybody take it away again.

  8. mommymae May 16, 2008 at #

    i’m still shocked that laws must be passed to say it’s ok. why shouldn’t it be?

  9. IrreverendAmy May 18, 2008 at #

    Mommymae, that’s exactly the court’s point: we don’t need any laws. Under the California constitution, any pair of consenting adults already has the freedom to marry. What we need is for the unconstitutional laws to be wiped out–and that’s what the court did. If you hear anyone call this “judicial activism” or “the court overstepping its authority,” tell ’em this is what the court is for: to determine which laws are in keeping with the constitution. They finally decided that HETEROS ONLY is not. Yeeeeha!

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