LOS ANGELES, May 26 — The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved constitutional amendment Tuesday that bans same-sex marriage in the state.The court said, however, that those couples who wed in the state under an earlier opinion from the court, will be considered married.
The ruling comes after three months of deliberation and nearly a year after the court struck down state laws that similarly banned such marriages. Then, the court ruled that the laws were unconstitutional and that the unions were a “basic civil right.” This time, factoring in a successful Nov. 4 ballot measure that defines marriage as a union “between a man and a woman” in the state’s constitution, which trumps state laws, the court revealed its hesitancy to override the will of the people.
But Tuesday’s ruling, which has been anticipated for months, hardly settles the matter. The recourse for gay rights activists now is to put the matter to voters again through their own initiative or take the matter to federal court. [For more, go here.]
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UPDATE: Just after 12 noon, first arrests begin, after cops gave orders to clear intersection. Clergy among those first arrested. Hundreds still block intersection, singing, chanting, dancing. A small New Orleans band sets up to lend a spicy flavor to the mix.
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Clergy move in to get arrested. No arrests yet. Organizers ask people for their names in case they get arrested.
Most of crowd has moved to Grove at Van Ness. Blocking intersection. Cops in riot gear arriving on scene. Still pretty calm. Lots of chanting. Rabbi Sydney Mintz awaits her first arrest. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Cops state that every officer in the intersection is LGBT.