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March 14, 2005

California's Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

A little bit of progress:
A judge ruled today that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, saying the state could no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

In the eagerly awaited opinion likely to be appealed to the state's highest court, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said that withholding marriage licenses from gays and lesbians is unconstitutional.

"It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners," Kramer wrote.

Let's hope the California Supreme Court doesn't overturn it. Bans on gay marriage are the most sexist laws we have in this country, and everyone should have the right to the same freedoms and privileges as per the Fourteenth Amendment of our Constitution:

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Gays and lesbians are citizens, and marriage is a privilege, so who do these people think they are, to take that privilege away from citizens no different than themselves?

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