If you thought things couldn’t get worse for gays, think again. Just days after the disgraced Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) announced that he was gay and abused by priests following his Internet scandal and resignation, today a state appeals court has upheld California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
In an Associated Press story, the court said, “We conclude California’s historical definition of marriage does not deprive individuals of a vested fundamental right or discriminate against a suspect class. The time may come when California chooses to expand the definition of marriage to encompass same-sex unions. That change must come from democratic processes, however, not by judicial fiat."
This decision reverses a 2005 ruling of a San Francisco judge.
The decision was based on the argument that it is up to the Legislature, not the courts, to change the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The case will most definitely be headed to the California Supreme Court now.
It’s unfortunate that the Courts did not choose to recognize equality. This is far from over. We will continue to fight for our civil rights as lesbians and gays. I am hopeful that the California Supreme Court with uphold equality under the laws and put an end to the discrimination faced by lesbian and gay couples.
It’s often said that so goes California, so goes the rest of tha nation. This is obviously a huge setback to the movement for marriage.