Ellen Pontac, left, and Shelly Bailes celebrated.
Lesbian and gay couples in California and San Francisco celebrated on Thursday, May 15, 2008. A California Supreme Court has affirmed the lesbian and gay right to marry. Politicians who were against the ruling have geared up for a long fight in the courts and the ballot.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom celebrated. It was like a victory for him because in 2004, he ordered the county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. These marriages were later invalidated by lower court decisions. No words could describe the reactions.
In 2000, there was a ban on same sex marriages. The State legislature passed laws to legalise gay marriage. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed them. He wanted California’s courts to rule on the matter and now they have.
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