Friday, May 16, 2008

Equality wins in Californa - for now

The California Supreme Court has ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. So, in a day or two, gay couples in California will be able to marry. Not just get a civil union, but marry.

But while this is a stunning victory for equality, it is already under threat: the ruling has been widely anticipated, and an an anti-gay marriage initiative to amend the state constitution already has enough signatures to get on the ballot in November. Kevin Drum points out that California's last anti-gay marriage referendum, in 2000, succeeded by 63% - 37%. This time, the odds will probably be better, but its going to be a very tough fight.