Analysis of California Gay Marriage Trial

Pam’s House Blend is a fabulous blog subtitled “An Online Magazine in the Reality-Based Community”. Pam arranged an exclusive analysis of the California gay marriage trial with Shannon Minter of the National Center For Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

I found this section of the analysis particularly intriguing:

“Several of the judge’s questions today focused on whether the Constitution would allow California to decide that it wants to get out of the marriage business altogether – whether the state could decide to stop issuing marriage licenses and have only domestic partnership for all couples. It’s risky to read too much into a judge’s questions, especially so early in the trial. But the judge’s questions may indicate that he is thinking about what will happen if he declares Prop 8 unconstitutional. Will he have to order the state to issue marriage licenses to all couples, or could he leave it up to the state to decide whether it wants to let same-sex couples marry or just stop issuing marriage licenses to anyone?”

Read: Shannon Minter: Perry v. Schwarzenegger Proceedings, Day 1

[Thanks to Pam’s House Blend]

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