In the year 2000 California Voters overwhelmingly supported a definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. It was then brought up before the California Supreme Court as to whether that law was in violation of the California State Constitution that protects equality and fundamental rights.
The text of the court’s Opinion can be found here:
The decision was a 4-3 vote to strike down the decision of the voters and declare it as a violation of the State’s Constitution.
Interestingly enough Six of the seven justices were appointed by Republican governors whom most would expect to be supporters of traditional marriage.
The next likely step in this battle will be a push for a constitutional amendment to the California State Constitution.
The Family Research Council reacted in their May 16th FRC Action e-mailed news letter saying:
“It took just four activist judges to overturn the historical definition of marriage, not to mention the vote of more than four and a half million Californians, as the state supreme court issued a much-anticipated ruling on the question of same-sex “marriage.” By a 4-3 margin, the justices struck down a law, adopted by 61 percent of voters in 2000, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. By imposing same-sex “marriage” on voters, the California Supreme Court knowingly usurped the right of the people to effect change in public policy . . . We trust that the voters of California will act in November to correct this exercise in judicial activism and to permanently enshrine the traditional definition of marriage in the state constitution.”
What I agree with even more came a day latter in their May 16th FRC Action e-mailed news letter saying:
“Ultimately we must realize that our problems as a nation are not political, they are spiritual.”
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– Posted by SJ Hollist