California's supreme court ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unlawful Thursday, effectively leaving same-sex couples in America's most populous state free to tie the knot in a landmark ruling.
In an opinion that analysts say could have nationwide implications for the issue, the seven-member panel voted 4-3 in favor of plaintiffs who argued that restricting marriage to men and women was discriminatory.
The monkeys on California's Supreme Court
"... limiting the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a woman' is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute," California Chief Justice Ron George said in the written opinion.
*"We don't really give a flying **** what California voters want or believe," George continued. "One of our duties as Supreme Court justices is to determine what is best for society, and our Stanford and Berkeley law degrees leave us much more qualified to make that determination than the voters." *
Great. Why bother voting anymore when a bunch of black-robed monkeys can simply overturn the will of our voters?
Now I guess the next question is whether the court will force our churches to perform gay wedding ceremonies.
*Paraphrased...sort of...from the majority opinion
Update: From MichelleMalkin.com, a little hope:
But the decision ... may not be the last word. Conservative religious organizations have submitted more than 1.1 million signatures for an initiative that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. If at least 694,354 signatures are found to be valid, a tally that is due by mid-June, the measure would go on the November ballot and, if approved by voters, would override any court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
Californians have already voted once, in 2000, to reaffirm the 1977 state law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The 2000 initiative, Proposition 22, was not a constitutional amendment.