Gay marriage ok'd by Supreme Court

Gay marriage ok'd by Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry.
The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry.

The ruling overturns a California voter-approved law that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The cases were brought by the city of San Francisco, gay and lesbian couples and gay rights groups in 2004. The court had halted San Francisco's same-sex wedding march that took place at Mayor Gavin Newsom's direction.

Several of those original plaintiffs stood on the courthouse steps today, cheering and weeping with joy as the decision came down.

Mayor Newsom's spokesman, Nathan Ballard, sent out a two-word text message to the mayor's staff upon hearing the decision:

"We won!" it read.

To read the Supreme Court's seven-page summary of the decision and the dissenting opinions or to read the full decision go to kget.com and click on the hot link.

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