The California state Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, but also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed. The 6-1 decision, written by Chief Justice Ron George, rejected an argument from gay rights activists that the ban revised the California Constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.
Calif. Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban
The Associated Press
May 26, 2009