Couples of the same gender can now legally wed in the state of California, as of Monday. The new victory for gay couples seeking to wed comes after a ruling this past spring that as of June 16, couples of the same gender must have access to equal rights under marriage, just as couples of differing genders do, in all counties throughout the states. This despite a constitutional amendment to the state’s constitution passed in 2000, that inserted language limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
According to reports hundreds of same sex couples are seeking to be legally married including a couple who have been in a relationship for over half a century.
Meanwhile, a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman is once again being pushed by conservative and gay marriage opponents to be placed on a statewide election ballot. California has become the second state in the nation to legally allow couples of the same gender to marry, as New York has recently also made overtures to do.
MY TAKE: I am from Massachusetts and the whole world has not gone to hell since gay marriage became legal in the state and I am fairly sure that God doesn’t hate us.
Now I think those who raise concerns or discomfort about how this decision was reached by a handful of state Supreme Court Judges and not by the legislature or the people, is a somewhat valid point. I would much rather that the people and the legislature reach this conclusion on their own and implement a policy that would grant couples access to marriage, or a union similar to marriage, as well as the legal and financial benefits that accompany marriage.
But the Courts in one sense were also doing their job, which is to interpret the constitution in a modern context and how the rights enshrined in it pertain to all citizens.
Also I have never quite understood the argument that gay marriage destroys marriage. We heterosexuals have done a great job of demolishing marriage on our own with such blunt instruments as divorce (which you won’t hear conservative activists and the horrors of domestic violence. Besides if a gay couple who has been together for 55 years will destroy your marriage, your marriage was likely already in its ‘last throes’ (sorry for the use of that term Dick Cheney).
Seriously any couple, Gay or straight, who have been together for 55 years (most marriages these days probably don’t even last that long), deserve to have that relationship solidified in the union of marriage.
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