Thursday, June 5, 2008

Equal marriage starts in California June 17

The California Supreme Court rejected challenges yesterday to its historic decision permitting same-sex couples to wed, clearing the way for same-sex wedding ceremonies starting June 17.

This means when Californians vote this November whether to reinstate a ban on same-sex nuptials, they will be clearly voting whether or not to take away rights already granted, which provides a very meaningful and important dynamic to such a vote.

This is a deeply emotional human story. Canadian queers have enjoyed the ability to marry since 2003 with few meaningful threats to take those rights away (except for Stephen Harper's half-hearted attempt to revisit the issue in December 2006.) For more insight on the actual people affected by this ruling and upcoming referendum, check out this article.

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