Ga. Supreme Court rules on the consititutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

We have a lot of readers who I’m sure are interested in this:

Georgia’s amendment banning gay marriage is constitutional, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.
The unanimous decision effectively reinstates the ban, which was thrown out by a lower court judge in May.
The state Supreme Court justices ruled that the amendment to the state constitution, approved by 76 percent of voters in November 2004, does not violate the single-subject rule by addressing other issues such as civil unions in addition to marriage.

The actual opinion, which would require someone more legally minded than I am to really interpret it and comment on whether the ruling is ‘good’ in a legal (i.e. not necessarily political) sense, is located here (PDF). My quick reading and very amateur interpretation is that the court found that “the amendment’s objective [is] reserving marriage and its attendant benefits to unions of man and woman” and that the “prohibition against recognizing same-sex unions as entitled to the benefits of marriage is not “dissimilar and discordant”” to the amendment’s objective. Feel free to correct me if I’m reading it incorrectly.

1 Comment so far

  1. DUH (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    Are you really surprised?



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