California’s Supreme Court struck a blow for the rights of gays and lesbians by ruling the state ban on same sex marriages was unconstitutonal. “Our state now reognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person, and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation– like a person’s race or gender– does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.”
There undoubteldy will be an uproar from many sectors of the California population at the court’s decision and cries will be made that it takes away the right of people to decide what takes place in their state. As Rea Carney, of the National gay and Lesbian Task Force, put it: “Thank you California for standing up for safety, respect and dignity for our families. The high court’s decision comes down to this simple yet profound principle: all Californians should be treated equally under the law.”
The United States of America is a constitutional government because the founding fathers feared the momentary emotional feelings of a majority might transcend rights of the minority. That is why we have a supreme court.