In a brief ruling, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye dismissed an attempt by opponents of same-sex marriage.Hers was the latest in a spate of decisions – at the state and federal level, including the U.S. Supreme Court – that went against those trying to restrict marriage in the Golden State to between one man and one woman.
Attorney General Kamala Harris was among those gay marriage supporters who cheered Wednesday’s ruling, much as they have the others in recent months. She tweeted: “The CA Supreme court has denied the #Prop8 proponents’ request to halt same-sex marriages!”
“#Prop8 dead for good,” tweeted Equality California, the state’s biggest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group. “CA Supr. Ct. refuses last remaining legal challenge. Freedom to marry here to stay.”
In May 2008, California’s Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the state’s constitution gives “this basic civil right to (marry to) all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.”
The tide turned a few months later, when 52% of voters backed Proposition 8 to halt gay and lesbian marriages.
Yet state officials declined to stand behind the prohibition, even if private parties did. A federal appeals court subsequently ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, though it still issued a stay on same-sex marriages until the U.S. Supreme Court could weigh in.
Good for them. Do you think it will ever be legal in CA for one man to marry two women at once?