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California Supreme Court Heard Marriage Arguments

Timothy Kincaid

March 4th, 2008

Today the CA Supreme Court heard argument for and against requiring the state to provide civil marriage recognition to all of its citizens without regard to their sexual orientation.

The LA Times reports that the justices appear to be split on their thinking.

During three hours of arguments by lawyers for and against gay marriage, Justice Joyce L. Kennard questioned whether “the state has effectively conceded there is no valid grounds for distinction” between domestic partnership and marriage.

But at least three of the seven justices repeatedly noted that California voters have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and that the public might not be ready to embrace same-sex marriage.

For audio clips from the pleadings, check out Good As You

The court will make its decision within the next 90 days.



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