Monday, March 03, 2008

California Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case This Week

Sacramento's news reports that California's Supreme Court is finally hearing arguments on the marriage equality case first filed in 2004:

The California Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments Tuesday on lawsuits brought in 2004.

The suits were filed the day after the court halted a monthlong wedding spree that took place in San Francisco at Mayor Gavin Newsom's direction.

California is home to more gay and lesbian couples than any other state, and its Legislature and courts have a tradition of being pacesetters on gay issues.

The Sacramento channel also reports that:

But gay marriage opponents think the court will be reluctant to go against voters, who in 2000 approved a measure bolstering the state's existing one-man, one-woman marriage law.

We've been through all of this before. After all, the US Supreme Court "went against the voters" of Alabama (by overturning Jim Crow laws) and Virginia (by overturning racist anti-marriage laws) when both of those laws had far more popularity with voters in those states than the bizarre "Knight" initiative passed by a relatively small margin in California eight years ago.

As evolution continues on the issue, we hope the California Supremes choose a role upholding the values of the founders and the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, rather than the anti-gay position embraced by all those has-been failed Republican presidential candidates.