Thursday, July 06, 2006

No surprise: Georgia upholds gay marriage ban

By Diane Silver

The Georgia Supreme Court surprised few today by upholding the state ban on same-sex marriage.

Although this is a blow to lesbian and gay Americans and particularly to those folks in Georgia, I don't see it as being as severe a setback as the decision in New York.

Today's Georgia ruling doesn't seem to deal with the merits of gay marriage. Instead, it focuses on whether the constitutional amendment passed by the state's voters violated the rule against including more than one issue in a proposal. So far, every lawsuit that has taken this tack in challenging a marriage ban has failed.

Gov. Sonny Perdue, a supporter of the ban, however, provided what has to be one of the most bizarre comments today. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
The governor also said that he hopes gay Georgians do not feel marginalized by the decision. He said they are free to work and live their lives here - they simply can not marry in the state of Georgia.
What planet is Perdue living on? Wouldn't he feel marginalized if he was not allowed to marry in his home state?

You bet he would!

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