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California Judge Defends Gay Marriage Decision

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posted on May, 25 2008 @ 02:48 PM
The following article explains the reasons given for the Republican judge in California that cast the deciding vote overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban.

California Chief Justice Ronald George, a lifelong Republican, said his decision to vote in favor of overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was the toughest of his career.

It’s also become one of the most controversial.

George, 68, wrote the 121-page state Supreme Court ruling that struck down the gay marriage ban.

“The 4-3 decision, which George calls the toughest of his career . . . will define his legacy as chief justice,” the San Jose Mercury News observed.

Writing for the majority, Judge George declared: “We determine that . . . the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a woman' is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute, and that the remaining statutory language must be understood as making the designation of marriage available both to opposite-sex and same-sex couples."

Among the reasons he gave was the 1948 California Supreme Court ruling in Perez v. Sharp, which outlawed a ban on interracial marriage.

Given the heated debate in the thread that announced this decision, I thought people would be interested in what the judges had to say about it.


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