Monday, March 9, 2009

Gay Marriage and Prop 8

Existing gay marriages now on a great divide

LA Times — Jeanne Rizzo, 62, who married her partner of 20 years in September, was "somewhat heartened" Friday that her marriage is poised to survive Proposition 8 -- but she was not celebrating.
"We don't want to be on a marriage island," said the Marin County resident, who runs a health advocacy group.
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Ruling could mean civil unions for all in Calif.

Associated Press — The California Supreme Court could decide that there are two kinds of same-sex couples: those who can't get married, and those who already did.
A ruling that upholds both voters' November decision to ban gay marriage and the 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted earlier in California could come off as a safe compromise. But it also promises to keep alive an issue that has split the state as few others have.
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Gay marriage vs. democracy

Chicago Tribune — You can catch a lot more flies with honey than vinegar, the adage goes. But advocates of same-sex marriage have a deal for the citizens of California: all the vinegar they can drink.
Those citizens don't believe gays should be allowed to unite under the name of marriage. In 2000, more than 61 percent of voters supported a ballot measure barring such unions. That didn't mean the voters get their way. Last summer, the state Supreme Court struck the law down on the ground that it violated the California Constitution by discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
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