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Judge finds California's marriage law unconstitutional
by It's about rights
Monday Mar 14th, 2005 12:35 PM
A judge ruled Monday that California can no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman...
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Supporters of gay marriage march down Market St. in San Francisco, Monday, March 14, 2005. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer overturned California's ban on gay marriage Monday and said that withholding marriage licenses from same-sex couples trespasses on their civil rights. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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- By LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer
Monday, March 14, 2005
(03-14) 12:11 PST San Francisco (AP) --
A judge ruled Monday that California can no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman, a legal milestone that if upheld on appeal would pave the way for the nation's most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed.

In an opinion that had been awaited because of San Francisco's historical role as a gay rights battleground, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said that withholding marriage licenses from gays and lesbians is unconstitutional.

"It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners," Kramer wrote.

http://www.365gay.com/newscon05/03/031405CalMarr.htm
see also
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/03/14/special/b121127S23.DTL

Video: Reaction from Assemblyman Mark Leno.
http://www2.cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_073145952.html

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by more Monday Mar 14th, 2005 12:45 PM
A judge in California has ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said the state could no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

The ruling came after litigation stemming from the city's decision last year to allow gays to marry.

Those marriages were ruled invalid by the state's Supreme Court but it then referred the issue to a lower court.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4349201.stm
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by more Monday Mar 14th, 2005 12:46 PM
California Law Banning Gay Marriages Is Struck Down by Judge

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- A California judge ruled that the state's law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer's ruling is the first in the state to address the constitutionality of laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman. San Francisco, which conducted about 4,000 same-sex weddings last year, claimed the laws violated the rights of gays and lesbians.

Previous rulings in the case by the California Supreme Court dealt with whether San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom overstepped his authority by ordering city officials to perform the gay weddings.

The case is Marriage Cases, 428-794, San Francisco Superior Court, San Francisco, California.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=axwCOPSjs6fk&refer=top_world_news
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equality for all... or equality for the assimilated?kenny-tFriday Apr 1st, 2005 1:43 PM
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let all the fundamentalist kooks crawl out to CA with their hate signsbring it on!Monday Mar 14th, 2005 1:17 PM

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