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Mon Mar 14 2005
SF Superior Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Could be Legal in California
Judge Says it is Unconstitutional to Limit Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples
3/14/2005: Richard Kramer, who is a judge in the San Francisco County Superior Court, ruled today that it is unconstitutional for the state of California to limit the right to marriage to only a man and a woman. The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed this case last year on behalf of 12 same-sex couples, the Our Family Coalition, and Equality California. NCLR statement An appeal of today's decision is likely. If the ruling is upheld, it would set California on a course to allowing marriage licenses to be granted to same-sex couples throughout the state. In February of 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered SF City Hall to issue licenses to same-sex couples. "It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners," Kramer wrote. Read more

Celebrations were scheduled for locations all over the state:
In San Francisco, gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza marched past the SF LGBT Center, and held a rally at San Francisco City Hall at 6pm.
In Santa Cruz, the GLBT Alliance held a rally at the Town Clock Photos & Audio
In Bakersfield, people gathered at the Liberty Bell. Photos
More Celebration locations


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