Just reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. This is exactly the decision that everyone expected them to make, but it’s still a little disappointing.
UPDATE: But on the bright side, it’s wonderful that the same-sex marriages that have already happened in California have not been dissolved or downgraded. Wonderful for the couples, and — I think — wonderful in terms of helping to “normalize” the idea of marriage equality, which will help in a future ballot fight to overturn prop 8.
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UPDATE 3: A pdf copy of the decision has been posted on Pam’s House Blend, here.
The Court also ruled that the measure was not retroactive, so the 18000 or so same-sex unions that occurred between June and November of 2008 will still be called marriages. This represents a victory for gay rights advocates, though it will not likely be so portrayed or acknowledged. After the dust has settled same-sex unions will receive absolutely the same legal status and protection as marriages, and state discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will continue to be presumed to be invalid and subject to the most stringent test for justification of such discrimination. Protests about the decision are misguided; it has absolutely nothing to do with the question of whether it is right or wrong to withhold the label of “marriage” from same-sex couples, but is a faithful application of a large body of California constitutional law finding such “rifle-shot” changes to the state constitution to be amendments rather than revisions.