Sunday, May 17, 2009
One Year Anniversary Of Gay Marriage In California
One year ago today the California Supreme Court made history when it struck down a state law that allowed marriage between only a man and woman.
California and Massachusetts were the first states to recognize gay marriages in 2004. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began issues same-sex marriage licenses, a step quickly followed by courts in Oregon. Both moves were eventually blocked, but Massachusetts became the first state to developing a lasting law.
California’s Supreme Court ruling in May 2008 pushed the state back to the forefront of the civil rights battle, opening the door to more than 18,000 couples to marry. It is expected that the court will announce it's decision soon on the issue of same sex marriage in California.