State Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case

March 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The Justices stepped in once before to halt gay marriages in San Francisco in 2004. They ruled the city's mayor had no authority to issue licenses. Now they'll decide whether the ban on same sex marriages violates the State's Constitution.Nineteen same sex couples have filed a lawsuit for their right to get legally married. "It's just not fair. Why should the government tell us who we fall in love with and who we can marry? It doesn't make any sense," said plaintiff Myra Beals.

But nearly eight years ago, voters passed Prop 22 which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Gay rights attorneys expect the state's domestic partnership law to be the focus. They say it does not provide equal protection for same sex couples.

The justices are expected to issue a ruling within three months. Whatever the court rules, gay marriage opponents are ready to go back to the ballot box.


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