California judicial ruling may aid Proposition 8 foes

02/24/2009 | San Diego Union-Tribune

A clause in the California Supreme Court's ruling saying that marriage between same-sex couples was permitted under the state's constitution may now give opponents of Proposition 8 a powerful weapon in the fight to overturn the marriage ban. Chief Justice Ronald George used language equating discrimination based on sexual orientation with discrimination based on age, race or gender. That language will let opponents of anti-gay laws challenge the policies under the stringent "strict scrutiny" test.

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