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Same Sex Marriage Gains Ground In California, New York

May 29th, 2008 | by Ken Grandlund |

The California Supreme Courts groundbreaking decision in favor of same-sex marriages is already bearing unexpected fruit. Due to a New York court ruling that said same-sex marriages legally performed outside of New York would be recognized as having equal legal status to heterosexual marriages, California may well become the Mecca for Gay Marriage.

Previously, only Massachusetts recognized same-sex marriages, but the state’s residency requirements have made it arduous for same-sex couples to obtain legal marriages in that state if they don’t live there. Now, with California handing out its first same-sex marriage licenses starting June 17th, and with New York formally recognizing out-of state same-sex marriages, California’s sunny beaches may become a popular wedding-honeymoon destination for America’s besotted same-sex couples.

Now we have the nations two most populous states saying that under the law and in the eyes of Justice, same-sex marriages are equal to opposite-sex marriages. Could it be that the “Defense of Marriage” no longer looms high on the minds of even the most right of center voters? Could it be that mainstream America has finally tired of the tirades against their friends and sons and moms and brothers? Could it be that one two many GOP mis-stances finally exposed the hypocrisy behind the rhetoric? Perhaps it is all those things…

For opponents of equality among their fellow citizens the news is not good. Having lost in the California courts, they’re trotting out their tired old constitutional amendment proposition-which voters had favored in principal in the past-for a November ballot measure. But a new poll shows voters leaning in favor of the court ruling and accepting (if not embracing) the move towards true human equality.

It almost restores hope that humanity can progress. 

(cross posted at Common Sense)

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  1. One Response to “Same Sex Marriage Gains Ground In California, New York”

  2. By Jet Netwal on May 29, 2008 | Reply

    There was a book back in the ’80’s called MegaTrends, and it elaborated on the five bellweather states and that how those states behave is indicative of the direction of the nation. Cali is one of them. The others are CT, WA, FL and CO.

    Here in Florida, a restrictive marraige ammendment is being fought as too instrusive by seniors, who see it as interfering in the live-in relationships many seniors enter into in order to protect their pensions, payments and assets, while enriching their lives with love and sex. The law would be blind as to whether the union is gay or not in this type of legislation, whose purpose it to regulate relationships. You can paint the pig all you want, but in Florida, voters are getting that just calling something gay doesn’t make it SOLEY gay, and they are organizing with the gay community to help defeat it. Isn’t working together the first step to recognizing equalities?

    I hope the era of forced bigotry is over.

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