Washington Post: Calif. Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Same Sex Marriage

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The ruling Tuesday by California's Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that, despite a year of successes for gay activists, the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult -- particularly when voters are given a direct say.

The decisions in three states this year to legalize same-sex marriage, and the possibility that three others will soon follow suit, created a sense that the issue was gaining irreversible momentum and widespread acceptance, with many advocates making comparisons to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. But the California ruling served as a reminder that same-sex marriage remains deeply polarizing, and the movement is likely to see more reversals and setbacks as it tries to expand beyond the favorable terrain of the Northeast.

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Posted May 27, 2009 at 8:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. chips wrote:

When California votes against gay marriage it cant have much popular nationwide support.

May 27, 11:51 am | [comment link]
2. Cennydd wrote:

Too bad those hurdles aren’t insurmountable…...yet!

May 27, 12:52 pm | [comment link]
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