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252. Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage
On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court
same-sex marriages in the state of California. By
vote of 4 to 3, the court declared
limiting a marriage to a union between a
and a woman violated the state constitution.
’s decision was a huge victory for gays and
throughout the state. Hundreds waited outside the courthouse
Sacramento for the announcement, which they greeted with
, hugs, and kisses. TV crews interviewed joyful couples.
, conservative opponents have vowed to fight the decision.
plan to gather over a million signatures for
constitutional amendment in November to overturn this decision.
California voters approve the amendment, lawyer Gloria Allred
, “I will take this case to the US
Court. Gays must be free to marry.”
only 60 years ago that most states banned
marriages. However, in 1967 the US Supreme Court
those bans. Now the conflict is about sex
of race. At present, only two states legally
same-sex marriages—Massachusetts and California. Worldwide, only five countries
recognize such marriages.
“California has joined the 21st
,” said Elton John. “Now Cole Porter and I
finally get married in our favorite city, San
“If we normal people don't vote for the
,” said conservative George Smith, “God will surely destroy