The California Supreme Court enhanced its reputation as a trailblazing institution Thursday by giving gays and lesbians the right to marry. The 4-3 ruling, which declared unconstitutional a same-sex marriage ban, makes California the second state to grant gays and lesbians marriage rights. But several lawyers noted that the decision went even further than Massachusetts' 2004 ruling by declaring sexual orientation a suspect classification that requires any marriage ban to be reviewed under strict scrutiny.
Gay Marriage Decision Makes History
May 16, 2008