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May 15th, 2008
03:23 PM ET

California justices reject same-sex marriage ban

You can read the entire California Supreme Court ruling here
You can read the entire California Supreme Court ruling here

Augie Martin
CNN Supervising Producer

The ruling by the California Supreme Court this morning was one of the most hotly anticipated rulings in recent memory. This ruling essentially brought to a close the debate over the legality of same-sex marriages in California. The battle all began in 2004 when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom surprised everyone by issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples in 2004. In the see-saw legal battles that followed, the issue seemed to polarize many, and it seemed no one was void of a view on the matter.

The crux of the issue is whether or not the State of California has the authority to legalize same sex marriage. The ruling today, following oral arguments in March 2008 in front of what is generally considered a conservative Supreme Court of California, was at first not quite as straight forward as the issue itself. The ruling began by stating essentially that the same-sex marriages conducted by the City and County of San Francisco were unlawful, but then went on to overturn the ban on same sex marriage in California. Essentially, past same-sex marriages we’re deemed unlawful, but could proceed going forward.

It would probably be fair to say that this ruling was met with a mild degree of surprise, if only because previous rulings seem to have generally gone against permitting same sex marriages in California.

With the legality question now settled, and opportunities to appeal exhausted, a few thoughts come to mind going forward.

Will the State of California once again serve as a bellwether for the rest of the nation? Certainly one would think not, at least in the most conservative parts of country. However, we’ve seen California in the past be an impetus for adoption in other states of its groundbreaking legislation, including on such topics as automobile emissions standards and medical marijuana.

Will this ruling now lead to a flood of same-sex marriages once again, as was the case in February 2004? One can only think that there are probably plenty of same sex couples who would like to have their annulled marriages once again made official.

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I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But once again, for better or worse, San Francisco is in the limelight of the national focus.


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Louis Lam

    Gay Marr--
    This is sad, sick, immoral, unconstitutional, very very ill, disgusting, irresponsible.
    Not a damn good thing about it what so ever.
    The court is out of their wits.
    The mayor i have no words to describe this moron.

    STRAIT, NORMAL HUMAN BEING DON'T DO SUCH THING.

    IF THIS IS ALLOWED THAN WE'RE DOOM

    May 16, 2008 at 9:01 am |
  2. AB

    I saw the Tony Perkins vs. Dan Savage debate. Tony Perkins essentially stated that gay marriage should not be allowed for the best interest of Califonia's 9.5 million kids, because he says scientific research shows that kids are better served being with opposite sex marriages.

    I would like to ask Tony, if he truly believes this position would he be willing to ban opposite sex marriages if there is clear scientific research that shows gay marriages are better than opposite sex marriages for kids. If he is not willing to do this then he doesn't actually believe his position.

    May 16, 2008 at 5:38 am |
  3. AY

    This is against God's laws, if you don't know, you should know now!!

    May 16, 2008 at 5:12 am |
  4. Dyan

    Thank you California Supreme Court! My partner and I have been waiting 16 years for this! I'm truly thrilled and grateful.

    May 16, 2008 at 4:47 am |
  5. Monty O'Toole

    I was saved from the homosexual lifestyle after decades of living the lie that homosexuality is. What is "gay" about being driven to having sevral sex partners in a day? Or week? Or year? What is "Gay" about living your life drunk or stoned....because that's the norm in the homosexuality community. Steambaths, city parks, public restrooms...and now you want to bring little children into it??? What a crock of junk! You are just using these kids to give yourselves a sense of some kind of "normality". Using them as toys...think of this...if homosexuals were all isolated into "Gay " colonies...they would be extinct in 50 years. I'm confident that God will have poured His wrath out on those who have rejected Christ by then. I know how hard it is to"wake up" and have the scales fall off your eyes...only God can do it through His love and your repentance. And you can't repent on your own...you need to ask Him to help you....we all have free will. This dispensation of grace is running out. Where you spend eternity is your choice. Jesus doesn't take prisoners...He sets them free. God Bless you...and shame on those who made this tradgic ruling.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:30 am |
  6. denver

    I am a minister in california, and It is very sad when a state change change marriage to benefit a life style. I watch the show, and I felt very disrespected to hear blacks wanting to marry whites in the past is being compared to same sex marriage I am arican american not by choice not like same sex couples that do have the choice that why I am so glad to live by god way than by the laws of this land becuase god rules dont change to benifit something that was not in his plan. I wonder we schould allow man to marry as many wives as they want if we are so welling to change marriage from men to women to men to men.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:29 am |
  7. Jessica

    Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. These are truths that cannot be changed just because we think we have a right to change them.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:21 am |
  8. Karen Geer

    Derick said:
    Same sex marriage is just flat out wrong….not only morally, but think about what could happen over the next 10,20 years…..is it conceiveable that people could start getting married for financial gains, tax breaks etc.

    Dude, People have been marrying for financial gain for thousands of years. Marrying for love is a new development for civilization.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:17 am |
  9. Dr. Lawson

    If you read the three State Supreme CT. opinions on same-sex marriage issue, in all opinions the court has ruled the importance of marriage as an institution, for rearing children, benefits, etc.. And yet, it is most significant that there is absolutely NO protection for heterosexual marriages. Under 'no-fault' divorce or rather state sponsored forced divorce operation, 40 million divorces since 1970's and the research shows that in 80% of those cases, one person was forced to divorce by the state. In unilateral divorce, the importance of the marriage and family is not upheld.
    Case in Florida where the woman was sanctioned $15,000 for "dragging her feet" through the divorce process. The woman is a psychologist and wanted to all that she could do to preserve her marriage and family and protect her 13 year old from the life-long psychological impact of divorce but the courts will not hear it or order family therapy. Incredible hypocrisy!

    May 16, 2008 at 2:03 am |
  10. Linda - Ohio

    What's this world coming to. Why can't the government make decisions on important issues? Find a way to lower gas prices or find a way to feed the children in the U. S. that are starving. This same sex marriage issue is getting old. If GOD wanted us to marry someone of the same sex he would of made only one sex, not two. Marriage is a union between one man and one woman. NOT a man and man or a woman and a woman. Being gay is a choice! What gives the gays to have the same rights as married couples? What about the heterosexual couples that live together. These couples don't get the same rights as married couples and they are committed to each other as a married couple! So why should people who say they are homosexual have that right? It's wrong, just plain wrong!

    May 16, 2008 at 1:56 am |
  11. Carol, So Cal

    I am dissappointed yet again in an activist court that goes above and beyond the ruling at hand to try to legislate. In this case, they are trying to legislate for not just California, but other states as well. I am also sorry to see our governor bow to pressure. I encourage everyone to read not only the decision, but the dissenting opinion as well. Please don't stoop to assuming another's position comes from ignorance. Comments such as Mr. Savage's "Pee in the wedding cake batter" serve only to flame emotions, and do not add to intelligent discourse. Of course this decision affects every American, it affects the social climate, it affects the contract of marriage by redefining it. This will undoubtedly be challenged not only at the ballot box, but in other forums.

    May 16, 2008 at 1:48 am |
  12. beth

    NOW THEy can go through nasty divorces and pay the ex forever. The thrill of getting this to be legal will be something to miss. I do believe in God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve...and get this..I'm just an ole hippie from the Mountains of Colorado and California. Liberal as they get but I see through things like Obama..Next 4 years. Maybe. We try to stop thinking of what are very core feelings are so hard that we think ourselves into someone we are not.

    May 16, 2008 at 1:45 am |
  13. Lee

    I fail to see how anyone wishing to commit to another endangers traditional marriage. This is an absurd conclusion.

    May 16, 2008 at 1:40 am |
  14. Rocky

    hypocrisy and discrimination exists in many aspects. The definition marriage and the methods of entering a marriage also vary. If marriage needs to be sanctioned by a church, then why are marriages performed by a justice of the peace recognized, and in some states, why are common law marriages recognized? These are recognized in opposite sex couples. However, when same sex couples meet the same requirements, they are not recognized as married.
    I am glad that California has taken this step.
    As to a "family". Family has many definitions...even single parent families exist. However, a child being raised by 2 loving adults is better than a single adult, accordiing to social scientists. However, there is no difference if both adults are of the same sex.
    Equal rights and recognition of those rights needs to be provided to all couples, whether of same sex or opposit sex.
    Many opposit sex couples choose to live together without the benefit of "marriage". Same sex couples should be allowed the choice of the benefit of "marriage".

    May 16, 2008 at 1:36 am |
  15. melissa

    yea california!!

    May 16, 2008 at 1:31 am |
  16. Tiffany

    Wow I think people hiding behind their bibles are insane...maybe it's the paper mites. How can you compare 2 women or 2 men to animals. Someone said it's like a cowboy marrying his horse. What in the world? How do you compare a human to a horse. Maybe you should have put ur bible down in school and learned that they are two different species.

    As long as we don't marry at your church or in ur backyard...why should you care? When you are outside walking when you pass by two people holding hands you don't know if they are married or not. Nobody walks around with a marriage license strapped to their chest. You will never know who is married and when they married so why does it matter. Whether we can marry or not we will still walk around just like we do now and you will never know if we are married or not...consider that.

    I will never understand how people sit back and think this is a great country...i'm not sure it is when millions of people are discriminated against just because religious people don't like their ideals. This country was founded because people wanted to escape persecution. Well that's what gay and lesbian people are suffering. We are being persecuted. So I think I get it! One religion didn't like the way they were being treated so they started a whole new country so they could hate, be cruel and persecute other people with different beliefs. What a crock of crap.

    As for you bible thumpers that say God is against gays and lesbians. Well he is also against you being a judge. I thought that was his job...i'm sure he won't like ya'll stepping in on his job.

    May 16, 2008 at 1:26 am |
  17. susan

    Too bad that some Californians can't read. There is no constitutionally protected right for people to get married. Marriage is not a right. It is a privelege. So this gay argument that it is their constitutional right guaranteeing marriage is non-existent.

    May 16, 2008 at 1:25 am |
  18. ELLIOT

    first of all – keep your religious sniveling to yourself. Not everyone believes those myths.

    As a gay college student, I'm incredibly grateful that the job of getting equal treatment for the queer community has been set in motion and that I will be the beneficiary sometime down the road. Gosh, doesn't it rock to be living in 2008?

    Also, I've been trying to figure out where gay marriage detracts from straight marriage. These men and women were gay even before they were allowed to wed. They weren't going to be in straight relationships, they were going to be in gay relationships with no rights. The numbers really stay the same now, except that gays (in Cali, at least) now can make their partnerships a tad more meaningful.

    May 16, 2008 at 12:56 am |
  19. RP

    Chris (from Canada),

    William didn't say every gay person is a murderer. He said homosexual acts are voluntary acts, as murder is a voluntary act. He could have used any voluntary act as an example. Gay marriage is not about gay people having the same rights as heterosexual people. Gay people have the right to marry anyone they want of the opposite sex, just like everyone else. Gay marriage is about creating new rights that have not previously existed, and doing so under the guise of equal protection and tolerance.

    May 16, 2008 at 12:48 am |
  20. Michelle

    You see the problem is, not everybody is Christian. I'm not. And i think that religion and government should remain seperate entities... any form of moral legislature is not welcome, and should not be tolerated. we live in a diverse country... everybody has their own opinions, their own values, their own prejudices... and to try to force people into accepting or not accepting someone elses values is not right and it doesn't help.

    Using the Bible as an argument is not supportive enough... the bible isn't a legal document, and no offense, it has no place or merit in government. Any religious text, whether it be the Torah, the Qu'ran, the Bible, or any other eligious texts, such as the Upanishads... don't represent american goverment. This isn't a moral issue.... its an issue of love, and if a religion limits the expression of love (marriage) to a man and a woman... thats fine a dandy. But the Goverment isn't a religion...its there to represent the people that live within its borders. all people. without discrimination.

    May 16, 2008 at 12:08 am |
  21. CaseyJPS - California

    seah ohio
    "T"is a Shame. Gay is a personal choice of sexual preferences. It should not be take for anything more.

    this is a devastating blow to society."

    Just for clarification Seah, no one choses to be gay. A truly devastating blow to society is the shameful act of parents and role models brainwashing children with thoughts of bigotry and hatred.

    May 16, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  22. Laura NY

    The Constitution is a living document that must evolve to agree with the time we live in. There are Supreme Court cases from the late 19th century that clearly state African-American people are property to be owned along with land. If we did not allow for change, where would we be today? Still counting African-Americans as 3/5 of a person?

    This is not a religious issue. This is civil rights. This is entitling all US citizens to equal protection and not having their rights abridged without due process. The supreme court has said since the beginning that marriage is a fundamental right. And those are the rights that need to be protected....for ALL citizens.

    While some people might not agree with a homosexual lifestyle, you must stop and think about whether you are willing to take FUNDAMENTAL rights away from people for living a lifestyle different than your own.

    I only hope this starts the snowball slowly rolling down the hill. One day I hope to read a similar story about the US supreme court.

    May 16, 2008 at 12:03 am |
  23. Terry

    Please don't equate this with the civil rights movement. When an African American woman from the University of Toledo expressed her outrage at such a comparison, she was suspended from her job. So much for tolerance!!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  24. CaseyJPS - California

    xtina, chicago
    "This is just a special interest group trying to accomplish with a judicial “decree” what they couldn’t accomplish at the polls."

    Correction. This is how our Constitution works. Even the conservative, Republican-appointed judges can't argue with the Constitution.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  25. CaseyJPS - California

    Anthony, Oregon>Hatred and bigotry are learned behaviors. Both of these behaviors are un-natural and self-destructive. No doubt, you have confused religion and God, which are two unqiue and independent subjects. Gay is not a lifestyle nor is it a choice, which you imply. Being gay is how many of us are born and how we came out of the womb. It is how God made us. I suggest you have a serious chat with God and direct your bigotry and hatred to God, because you have implied that God is imperfect–take it up with him (or her).

    May 15, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  26. Philip Wichita

    As we've already seen, very uneducated, ignorant or just plain stupid people are going to bring up the idea about marrying animals or for polygamy! If churches don't want to marry gay folks, they don't have to, but you can't legally tell one group of people they can marry and another group they can't, especially when the one group can marry as many times as they want (forget until death do us part). They used the same stupid arguments with interracial marriage and it didn't work. And, what's the deal with letting Tony Perkins speak on behalf of the religious right? Isn't he the one who was having an affair with a gay man just last year? The irreligious right is going to make this an issue in this election like they did four years ago and look where that got us.

    Also, when someone like Perkins makes a statement about studies that "prove" marriage is down in England and other European countries because they instituted gay marriage, someone should challenge him and DEMAND the studies so we can see for ourselves. The problem is that too many Americans have given up their God-given right to think for themselves. The church has been wrong on this issue like it's been wrong about the flat earth, earth being the center of the universe, witches, etc. When are we going to learn our lesson and stop listening to people like Perkins, Robertson, Focus on the Family, or the latest dud (Hagee), who apparently has no regard for one of the seven deadly sins, namely gluttony? It's time for the silent majority of non-judgmental Christians to kindly tell our loud-mouthed brothers to keep their hatred, prejudice and self-righteousness to themselves and do some real praying and reflection on what it is to be a real Christian and to believe in a God of Love rather than of fear!

    If you're really serious about "saving marriage" stop drinking and using drugs, stop beating your spouses, stop going out on your spouse, stop abusing each other physically, mentally and emotionally, and stop having sex with your own children; get a darn job, spend time with your spouse, respect and support one another and last, but not least, pass an amendment that outlaws divorce! If a happily married gay couple is ruining your marriage, you were a loser to start with! Please, let's not go through this again!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  27. Angela

    WAY TO GO CALIFORNIA!!!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  28. Sally

    According to the family rights people, I guess my brother and I should have many problems. We were raised with only a mother and helped by her female friends. So as adults we should have major emotional and social problems. To bad we are both college graduates that are married for over 10 years own homes and have good paying jobs. And to top it off the majority of the married families that were my mothers friends have adult children that are unmarried with children and bad relationships, as well as, low paying jobs with no college diplomas.

    If these peoples argument is for the preservation of marriage then I suggest they bring that argument to the straight couples. As for the children's welfare, then why aren't they doing more to improve education, food, and healthcare for children. Maybe if these groups were making tremendous strides in these areas then we might listen to them a little more. Until then, I think they need to stop throwing stones cause us straight people are no better at it then gay or lesbians.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  29. Jerry - Colorado Springs

    Living in Colorado Springs is difficult for any liberal minded person. The churches rule here – they rule even our city council. I am thrilled at the CA decision and hope this begins to catch on all over the country – equality, love and freedom for ALL. God Bless America.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  30. Jean, IN

    Herman, NY

    You are so right. The Bible teaaches that homosexual practices are wrong. Your Biblical reference was correct. I want to add two more.

    O.T. Leviticus 18:22:"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman;
    such a thing is an abomination."

    N.T. 1 Corinthians 6:9: "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolitors not adulterers nor homosexuals nor sodomites...will inherit the kingdom of God."

    I wonder how many of these people are Christians who do not know or do not understand these statements. God have mercy on them!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  31. Terry

    Gay marriage became legal in Canada and the existing government of the day began discussions on how polygamy should be legal for the very same reasons that gay marriage became legal. Luckily, the government was defeated before they could mess up our country any further! Once the first hurdle is overcome, it's only a matter of time before polygamy, marrying children and marrying close blood relatives become fair game using the exact same argument that the gay community used. After all, wouldn't it be unconstitutional to allow it with one population, and not another!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  32. Shavie

    THIS IS UNREAL AND IS CERTAINLY NOT A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT! IT IS A SAD REGRESSION. If love is love then what next, marrying our pets. How is it that we live unto ourselves and do not consider the consequences of these choices and decisions and laws that we make. These laws are made at the most base level of life. Do we even consider that each one of us will have to give an account for the deeds we do in our flesh. We do not live unto ourselves. Our actions influence others and when the scales of blindness is removed from your eyes the damage would have already been done. Oh yes God is loving and merciful but this seems to be a blatent call for judgement. For a nation has forsaken it's God and has hewned for itself broken cisterns that can hold no water. Please cry out for mercy and repent of this evil. Marriage is about covenant and God when He saw that Adam was alone created/ brought Eve to him, not Steve! People, what is this burning all about. I decree and declare that God will sweep His hand across this nation and remove the blinders from your eyes to repent and allow revival by the Spirit of God to come to your Spirit, Soul and Body! As the Lord Jesus Christ declared Lazarus Come Forth, I declare that you will come forth from this lifestyle and carry the torch of the Lord to set others free!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  33. Chris

    First of all, I see someone wanting to know why people have the right to be gay, FREEDOM OF CHOICE & CIVIL LIBERTY LAWS.I am very happy to see Cali is allowing gay marriage, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY.Why isnt Polygamy legal, well first off its NOT a sexual preference, its adult men who should know better, marrying more than one woman, some of them women are MINORS idiot.I dont care if this is one nation under god or one nation under a hundred gods, and I certainly dont care what the bible says, mainly because its WRONG, and the bible like society today because of the bible is full of discrimination and hatred, mainly by christians, lest we forget, the bible is what like 3 thousand or more years old, sorry get caught up with the times, grow up and remember jesus was born in JERUSILUM as I recall, that would be in the MIDDLE EAST, if you prefer to worship someone who promotes hatred thats your business, just like two men or two women who want to marry, well that is NONE of your business, they dont try to ban Christianity so leave them alone or I'll find a way to ban it myself.stop the hatred, you have more in common with them than you think.Live your bible reading minds for 5 minutes and get to know someone who is gay.My best friend is gay and it doesnt bother me in the slightest, before I know him I was like you guys, but hey 5 minutes of conversation may change your closed mind, maybe it wont but either way, I think you need to end your hatred, and I know at least half of you so called moral christians will disagree with me but thats fine I dont care, I'm not Christian ( anymore) after seeing how much hatred there really is.For all my gay and lesbian friends out there CONGRATS my wife and I wish you nothing but the very best ( I am male by the way) and to the so called high moral christians, thanks for showing me the light and how much hatred there is within all of you, and I'll just stick to being a even higher moral ATHIEST.again CONGRATS to the gay community, I hope more states will follow in the foot steps of Cali.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  34. Chris (Canada)

    William wow, let me take a couple minutes to prove you wrong, what you just said was that everyone in the world is gay and also a murderer. Being homosexul is not a choice, why would people "choose" a life that results in intolerance, being second class citizens, the threat of being killed, and assaulted. What is so bad about being raised by two dads or 2 moms allowing gay people to adopt kids will lower the rates of kids in adoptions agencies, and group homes., I feel sorry for your children they should be taking away from you if your teaching them to discrimiate against gay people and yes it is discrimination I dont care what you think. It can be compared to African American civil rights because its pretty much the same thing, blacks were and still are being killed for being black, gay people the same thing the list can go on, and it took the rest of th world a while to open there eyes to see that there is nothing wrong with it.

    You can debate forever over the small little things about homosexual's, but what it comes down to is that honosexual people are regular people there your friends, teachers, pastors, etc, and should and will have every right as heterosexual people.

    Cheers

    May 15, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  35. Kt

    I can only hope the rest of the country will follow suit and be this progressive. This gives me hope!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  36. Mary Oklahoma

    Homosexuality is at worst caused by a dysfunctional brain and at best, a learned response. Marriage should be a legal contract between a man and a woman. I have old fashion character traits and feel this is wrong.
    Can a cowboy marry his horse, an old lady marry her cat or a hunter marry his dog? Disgusting. There is love there too.
    Our moral values are going down the drain.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  37. Kareen

    Re: my above comment..I am a married hetrosexual and still support the decision!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  38. Chris C

    RP - you're right that this COULD be a solution in the future, but the Proposition has already been drafted and submitted for verification of signatures. It is too late to change the Proposition's language. The proposition that will likely be on the ballot in November does not include language to address the EQ problem.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  39. Chanel

    I am very happy with my state of California's decision today, and I hope that other states will follow. A ban on gay marriage is discrimination, plain and simple! It's just not fair that so many law-biding citizens have to hide their lifestyle (as in the military) or are denied the same rights as everyone else. It's 2008, and this new generation is determined to make discrimination a thing of the past!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  40. Tim, Baltimore, MD

    It's because of states like California that Democrats keep losing the presidential elections. I'm a Democrat, and I'm severely opposed to comparisons of homosexuality with race, especially with being black. Your mayor says 'this is the future". I guess I agree with him with regards to the gradual devaluation of morality as time passes. I love my dog but I'm not going to marry her either. Maybe I should make the case for that too. I expect some people to understand and I'm aware of those who obviously will never agree. They'll probably be taking full advantage of this ruling the first opportunity they get. Sad. The Republican Party lives on because of states like California. I get the "freaking liberals" sentiment now.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  41. Cheryl

    I am proud to live in a state, California, that has finally made the right decision!! Although I am not gay, I do have gay friends, with beautiful children I might add, and I am so happy for those gay couples who can finally get married.

    As far as those people who are so strongly against this ruling, LEAVE California and go to one of those good ol' bible belt states!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  42. Amoi -- FL

    Gay marriage legalized?? Its about time!! Homosexuality is not an alternative lifestyle, its an orientation that people happen to have, and God loves all His people. If God did not like homosexuals how come people are born gay, or know that they are gay from a young age? I don't know everything, but I know that citizens have the right to the same rights as everyone else.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  43. derick

    Same sex marriage is just flat out wrong....not only morally, but think about what could happen over the next 10,20 years.....is it conceiveable that people could start getting married for financial gains, tax breaks etc. Mayor Newsome said he was Irish/Catholic....with way the Catholic priest have been behaving I can see why he would support something immoral. I know that America has a small atheist population and I'm sure there not all gay.....so has anyone read the story of Sodom and Gamora.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  44. Kareen

    It is about time!! I am a over 60 female who wishes that the politicians and lawyers would stay out of our bedrooms! I fully support this law and allow people to have civil unions (marriages) and full legal rights. I am pleased that the justices in California have had the courage to stand up to the biased and prejudiced people!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  45. Eddie

    PLease don't let Tony Perkins back on the show. He is disappointing.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  46. Eric J. Weisser

    Being gay is NOT a choice. To all those straight people who think that way I say this to you:

    What you are saying is you are sexually attracted to both men and women and you CHOOSE to be with a woman.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  47. Andrew

    It's quite a shame the religious right is yet again using it's interpretation of moralilty to try to deny rights to millions of people. They supported slavery, they supported keeping women second class citizens, they were againt civil rights for ethnic minorities, they've waged wars and slaughtered scores of people, all in the name of Christianity. Using the Bible as a weapon, a basis for bigotry, and as something to invoke fear and hatred in people is flatly immoral. They need to re-exmaine Christ's teachings more closely. Christ never spoke about the issue. He however did speak profusely about zealots.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  48. Angela

    GREAT JOB CALIFORNIA!!

    May 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  49. Eddie

    GO CALIFORNIA!!! This is the best news i've heard all day. At the end of the day i sleep better knowing this.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  50. Alex Montgomery

    The simple truth is LOVE IS PURE. That is all that needs to be said.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
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