California Court Weighing Gay Marriage Ban
Posted on March 5, 2009
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SAN FRANCISCO — Under intense pressure from both sides in the debate over same-sex marriage, the California Supreme Court began hearing arguments Thursday morning on the future of a ballot initiative passed by voters last November that outlawed such unions.
Supporters and opponents of the measure, Proposition 8, began lining up in front of the courthouse in San Francisco before dawn, bringing with them signs, banners and a sense of tense anticipation.
“We knew we had to be here to see it with our own eyes,” said Katherine Stoner, 61, who had traveled from Monterey, with her partner of 34 years, Michelle Welsh.
Several ardent — and outnumbered — opponents of same-sex marriage also held signs with messages like “Gay = Pervert” and “A Moral Wrong Can’t be a Civil Right.”
Don J. Grundmann, a member of the American Warrior Ministry in San Leandro, Calif., said he believed that homosexuality was a “emotional pathology” that he feared would be taught to children.
“That’s the real objective,” Mr. Grundmann said.
Mr. Grundmann said he wanted to support traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which Proposition 8 affirmed in the November election, passing with 52 percent of the vote. Opponents have sued, saying the ballot measure violates the state constitution, setting up Thursday’s hearing.
The three-hour hearing is a critical legal test for both sides. But opponents of Proposition 8 also used Thursday’s hearing as a prime moment to rally their forces and demonstrate resilience after a stinging election loss that many among them believe could have been avoided. See California Court Weighing Gay Marriage Ban
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