California Allows Same Sex Marriage

Washington, Aug 5 (IANS): Same sex couples in California have a right to be married, said a ruling issued Wednesday in a federal court in San Francisco that overturned a ban on gay marriage in the state.

US district chief judge Vaughn Walker said banning same sex marriage violates the US Constitution because it denies equal rights to gays and lesbians, New York Post reported.

The ban, known as Proposition 8, outlawed same sex marriage in California in November 2008, five months after the state Supreme Court made them legal.

Walker presided over a two-and-a-half week trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued the ban is not constitutional because it creates two classes of people - one that can get married and another that cannot.

Lawyers for the backers of Proposition 8 made the case that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples is vital to public interest because it promotes procreation, which is fundamental to the survival of the human race.


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  • Sudhakar, USA

    Thu, Aug 05 2010

    Understanding the issue takes to know what it is. I have a few colleagues who are gay and understood what is gay. These are people who look men and however, mentally they are attracted to women and vice-versa. So, if gay marriage is not allowed can lead to disastrous consequences for such people. There are gay people who like to be married and live lives with one partner. That is what is marriage for them. Currently it is wromng by law but biologically they are attracted to the same sex.

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  • Dave, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 05 2010

    Very purpose of marriage is sabotaged by these acts. When many people have violated the sanctity of marriage by live-in-relationships, why these people need to marry at-all, they too can live in.To get divorce or separation has got costlier these days in U S they just need to enter into an agreement, which can be terminated by the parties should they find this realtionship growing sour, like all human reltionships do in the course of time.

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