Thursday, December 21, 2006

CA same-sex marriage ban in state supreme court

On Dec 20 2006 major wire reports indicated that the California Supreme Court has agreed, unamimously, to take a case challenging California's law banning same-sex marriage, as a violation of state equal protection provisions. A ruling is expected in late 2007. Being challenged are a 1977 law and 2000 ballot measure.

Only Massachusetts recognizes same-sex marriage. Vermont and Connecticut recognized civil unions, and New Jersey, under state supreme court mandate, just passed a civil union law (being signed by the governor about now) giving benefits and responsibilities similar to marriage, a measure that Virginia just banned Nov 7 with the Marhsall-Newman amendment.

Despite the activism of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in adopting poor children around the world, they have refused to marry “legally” until California recognizes same-sex marriage. Story

However Matt Damon married Lucianna Barosso, and told media reports that being from Massachusetts, he comes from a state that recognizes equal rights of everyone to marry.

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