It appears as though the California Supreme Court had the same thoughts as California Attorney General Jerry Brown today when they denied the stay of their decision legalizing same-sex marriages in the state. (For those that didn’t catch Brown’s earlier comment, he previously stated: “Same-sex marriage is a deeply contentious issue, but in California the matter has now been resolved by the state Supreme Court.” I love it. What do ya’ll think of the voter vs. court decision debate for civil rights issues?)
Despite 10 states and such groups as Focus on the Family writing in to the majority requesting a stay of the ruling until the ballot initiative has a chance to write discrimination into the state’s constitution, the court made its decision known today without elaboration – twelve days ahead of schedule. This means that in addition to California couples having access to marriage licenses on June 17th, same-sex couples from across the country may also flock to the state for a chance to wed. With New York already set to acknowledge any California weddings, an interesting precedent could be set for the rest of the nation, leading to a domino effect of same-sex marriage rights recognition in many states as legal battles to recognize the California licenses play out. As the Huffington Post already asked: who’s next?
Could be a really interesting couple months in the marriage equality arena.
Potential correction: Marriages may begin as soon as the 16th. I knew the ruling would now come into affect at 5pm on the 16th, but I was unaware that this meant marriage licenses might actually be handed out that day. What “upstanding” government office would be open after business hours to issue these licenses? None that I’m aware of. I thought the point of a government job was to work as little as possible… ? Apparently the people of the San Francisco Chronicle aren’t nearly as cynical as I am.
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