Proposition 8 has its day in court

03/6/2009 | San Francisco Chronicle ·

The California Supreme Court heard arguments for and against Proposition 8, the state's ballot measure restricting marriage rights, on Thursday. From the tone of the questioning, justices appeared to support the right of voters to restrict marriage via a ballot initiative. At the same time, the panel also appeared to agree that the 18,000 same-sex couples who were married in the state while a judicial order authorizing marriage between same-sex partners would have to be considered legally married even if Proposition 8 is upheld. "When the highest court of the state declares that same-sex couples have the right to marry ... how can one deny the validity of those marriages?" Justice Marvin Baxter said.

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