State Supreme Court voids Gay Marriages
Local gay rights organizations are reacting to the state Supreme Court decision to void thousands of same-sex marriages that took place in San Francisco earlier this year.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
California’s highest court ruled that the city of San Francisco violated state law earlier this year when it issued marriage licenses to gay couples. The justices also voted to annul the nearly four thousand same sex unions that took place. Gay rights organizations are disappointed but not surprised by the court’s decision and plan to continue the fight. Danette Dean is with the San Joaquin County chapter of Marriage Equality California. DEAN :06—The decision itself is only strengthen our resolve to win a full marriage equality in California and nationwide. Those opposed to gay marriage, like Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition are applauding the ruling. SHELDON :10—We are thrilled that the California Supreme Court has taken such a strong, legal and moral stand for the people of California. The controversy over gay marriage is far from resolved. The court only ruled on the narrow issue of whether local officials could bypass the state’s judicial and legislative branches. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.