I'm so excited I'm nearly shrieking with joy, but one of my colleagues is on the phone, the bastard. According to a notice from CalLaw.com,
The California Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriages. In a 121-page ruling, Chief Justice Ronald George wrote that the state laws limiting marriage to heterosexual couples violate the California constitution.
The court applied strict scrutiny to the laws, finding gays and lesbians a suspect class. "We conclude that to the extent the current statutory provisions limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, these statutes are unconstitutional," George wrote.
Justices Joyce Kennard, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar and Carlos Moreno concurred. Justices Marvin Baxter, Ming Chin and Carol Corrigan dissented.
This is fantastic! Not only did they overturn the law, but they found gays to be a suspect class, which most courts have said they aren't, and used that to justify denying them equal rights. I am giddy.
You can check out the decision itself here, if you're into reading 172-page court cases.