California Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage Ban
The California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that denying gays and lesbians of the right to wed was constitutional under California’s Constitution. In May of last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was legal in California. But that all changed during the November election when California voters voted on proposition 8 to make same sex marriages illegal. The court ruled in a 6-1 vote that proposition 8 was constitutional under California’s liberal initiative power granted to California citizens. The court refused to apply the ban retroactively, however, and allowed all of the unions that occurred between the prior court opinion and Proposition 8 to stand.
As news of the decision leaked outside, about 1,000 gay rights protestors began chanting “Shame on you.” The same protestors then flooded into the street and began protesting. San Francisco police sent out their lesbian, gay and transgender officers out to specifically deal with the situation. During the protests, 159 adults and 3 juveniles were arrested. Many leaders in the gay community have expressed intentions to try to repeal Proposition 8 at this year’s November elections.