The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the state’s amendment banning anti-gay marriage was struck down, due to “procedural flaws” in its wording. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a fantastic organization, filed the suit.
The judge did acknowledge the right for voters to limit marriage, but said the sweeping law–which banned gay marriage, gay civil unions, and any sort of gay marriage type of thing whatsoever performed in other states don’t even think of coming to Georgia with it!–was worded too broadly:
“People who believe marriages between men and women should have a unique and privileged place in our society may also believe that same-sex relationships should have some place, although not marriage,” the judge ruled.
We’re interested to see if Georgia can get it together and pass another law; obviously, the State of Georgia is NOT going to legalize gay marriage any time soon, but perhaps jaded voters will have given up on this issue after all this time, and rest on the fact that gay marriage is already illegal there and won’t need to amend the state Constitution to rub salt into the wound. And at least the judge seems supportive of a civil union possibility. We’d like to think this is the start of a trend–these amendments are ridiculous, and bit by bit they’ll be chipped away, until everyone drops it and focuses on some new issue integral to society, like nuclear bombs in Iran or Save The Penguins or something. We’ll see what happens.
Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Struck Down [NYTimes]