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Same-Sex Marriage Legal in California

By June 15, 2008

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As of June 16, 2008, gay couples can get married in California.

The change in California marriage laws is due to the 5/15/08 California Supreme Court ruling that "the right to marry in California extends equally to all, gay and straight alike."
Source: Bob Egelko, "State's top court strikes down marriage ban", SFGate.com, 5/16/08.

In November 2008, California voters will be asked to vote on an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

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June 19, 2008 at 9:13 am
(1) janet says:

I have to go with God. Same sex marriage is not only morally wrong it is very hurtful to the children. What stigma do the children have to live with? If the couple involved has children are the couple being selfish as well

June 20, 2008 at 2:59 am
(2) Scott says:

The only stigma the children will have to deal with is the closed minded judgement of people such as yourself. I am a straight man who moved from PA to CA because I couldn’t stand the petty bigotry of people like you. If you don’t like it, don’t do it, but stop telling everyone else to do. Judge not, lest ye be judged, clean up your own back yard, mind your own business, etc.

June 27, 2008 at 4:24 am
(3) iamright says:

Immoral! this is against the bible. think about this, 2 guys walking down the aisle? that’s gross! Some people are just hypocrite to make laws regarding same sex marriage. Maybe this is legal to people but will never be legal to God! all of our works should be according to God’s will! not to humans!

July 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm
(4) Rita says:

Homosexual behavior is bad behavior. What gay couples must do in order to experience sexual satisfaction is both disgusting and unhealthy, and it does NOT stay within their own bedroom. HIV, Hepatitis, Scarlet Fever, and other diseases that are commonly carried by homosexuals are highly contagious; and many people with homosexual partners also have heterosexual partners. Homosexuals are also “evangelical” – they proselyte potential converts – both adults and children – maybe your children. Any kind of promiscuous behavior is bad behavior and should not be rewarded, encouraged, or validated by government or tolerated, accepted, or embraced by individuals. It needs to be exposed for what it is – debasing, ignoble, unhealthy, pernicious, noxious, destructive…

July 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm
(5) funny_people says:

God?? Whose God? The same freedoms that allow you to believe in the God of your choice also allow an individual to marry another person of their choice. It would be un-American to prevent same sex marriage.

July 23, 2008 at 7:10 pm
(6) KT says:

Gay marriage is legal in California and I couldn’t be more happy for my guy and lesbian friends! How is gay marriage bad for “the children?” The only way that this world is going to become a place worth living is if people start loving and caring for everyone…not just the straight people. Children don’t hate until their intolerant parents teach them to. Parents should teach their children to love and respect everyone no matter their race, gender or sexual preference.

July 23, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(7) playboi says:

Isn’t “God” supposed to be love? Then why is it that all these people who claim to be God’s “children” spreading so much hate? Who are you to judge and say it’s wrong for one person to love another? It’s the same as a caucasian person telling someone it’s wrong to love someone of a different color. And remember this too: The Bible was penned by Man, not by the hand of the Lord himself. So how do you know that homosexuality is wrong in God’s eyes? He is love, so don’t you think that means he believes in love? All you heterosexual people are gay-bashing, but how many of you have been divorced and remarried? And for that matter, how would you feel if things were flipped, and it was viewed as “wrong” for members of the opposite sex to be together?

July 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm
(8) John P. says:

What an example of hypocricy! iamright, there are a lot things which are against the Bible. Do you wear wool socks and cotton pants together? Do you eat seafood? What about condoms, oral sex or doggystyle? All those things are against your Bible and your Jesus. If you do any of those, you’re sinner no different in the eyes of your God than a gay couple having sex.

I really cannot understand what’s wrong with so many people. If you are not gay, why do you care about gay marriage being legal at all? It should not be your business anyway. Gay people are not having sex in your church, so why are you trying to force your beliefs in their homes?

October 27, 2008 at 8:42 am
(9) IrishLamb says:

Where in the bible does it specifically say that marriage is not for same sex couples? Is there any law from God specific to same sex anything? The Ten comandments did not mention it, and those were God’s laws. Jesus Christ came along and taught us that the greatest comandment was to love one another. How can anyone love their neighbor by opressing them and making them fourth class citizens. Jesus Christ even spoke of and helped the outcast of society. Well, this is your example then.
Same sex marriages will not hurt society by any means. It does not break apart the family. Diseases are not soley aplicable to homosexuals. Don’t heterosexual people get Scarlet fever and HIV and Herpes and Sypholus? Just becasue these diseases are contagious does not mean same sex marriage is wrong. That is probably the stupidest argument I have ever heard that diseases are the bases to deny anyone any type of happiness. I mean even children get diseases or illnesses. I don’t see them running around being promiscuous.

I hear people talking about wanting to protect marriage as a life institution. They often use the bible as a basis to ondemn marriages they don’t agree with. What about the no fault divorces? What about the drive through chapels across the country? What about divorces being performed for reasons other then adultery, which by the way is the only scriptual reason a marriage can be or should be disolved over according to GOD with exception of death.

If children will be hurt by same sex marriages why wouldn’t they be hurt by heteroseual marriages? That argument is absurd. Your children have nothing to do with who you love and choose to be intimate with. Your children just need emotional and physical support and that is all. Any one can provide that. What about the children you abort daily, because you are being promiscuous iin a heterosexual way? Is that somehow ok? Doesn’t that hurt society? You can’t tell me pormiscuity is only a thing for same homosexuals. So your argument is lacking. If as you say homosexuals often are promiscuous with heteroxual individuals, then you just admited heterosexuals are promiscuous. It wasn’ likethey were forced to do something. However this argument is not true because if a person has intimate relations with someone of both sexes then they are either pansexual or bi-sexual. They can not be homsexual or hterosexual. Maybe what this world really needs is for people to become educated and understand what is different or not the social norm for them. Just think if no one embraced anything different and not the social norm. Would we even have a country called USA to even have this argument over?

April 2, 2009 at 12:39 am
(10) Peggy says:

While it’s one thing to live and let live, why do we have to not only legitimize everything, but encourage everything? It is not just Christianity that prohibits homosexuality – all major religions have prohibitions against is – Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s one thing to accept that adults have some choices in their own bedrooms, but it another thing to force someone else to LIKE it or to use the government to force people to hire, rent to, and teach all children it is “just as good”.

Should we take it up with the blood bank who won’t accept blood from a homosexual man? Perhaps it really is a dangerous behavior medically?

If nature intended it, at least some male couples or some female couples should be able to conceive without borrowing sperm or egg. Perhaps the Creator intended for heterosexuality. There is nothing wrong with adoption, but why would anyone assume a lifestyle that is so controversial would be the thing to put a child through?

If we truly love someone wouldn’t we want the best for them?

June 1, 2009 at 1:27 am
(11) TANYA says:

I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SAME SEX MARRIAGES BUT I DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WHAT IT IS GOING TO MEAN FOR OUR CHILDREN. THIS WOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL TO KINDERGARDEN CHILDREN WHY?

January 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(12) issah.bby says:

gay marriage shouldn’t be voted on. people should be able to marry who ever they love. people are wrong to try to stop it.

March 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(13) R. Scott G. says:

OK… To all of you out there belly-aching about Gay Marriage — Stop it!
This is something that you will huff and puff at for a while, but then it will eventually blow over.
Just like inter-racial marriage was 3 decades ago. Even the same arguments were used back then.
Look at us now… No complete dissolution of society, no homogenization of the races (there’s still white folks, black folks, Orientals and such) Do you remember back when there were people decrying that if we let Blacks & Whites begin “dating” that soon all our white women would be violated by roving gangs of black men?
Just listen to yourselves!
Schools are there to teach facts and figures and history. But, since PARENTS have chosen not to bother to teach their kids any morals, they have put the schools in that position. Trust me, the schools are ALREADY teaching your kids many things that you would not choose for them to learn. (Regardless of what that ‘thing” is, everybody has differing opinions.)
I dare say that if the schools err on the side of tolerance, that the world and our society will be MUCH better off than the “let ‘em learn what they need on the street’ attitude that all too many so called parents have today.
But, I digress… Just like the inter-racial relationships became un-controversial with time, and absorbed into “normal”, so will same-sex marriage.
So… let’s save some time and stop belly-aching about it now, hmmm….

August 5, 2010 at 2:38 am
(14) Denise says:

It’s very difficult to try and approach this issue in a non-religous way, because our personal beliefs shape how we all feel about marriage. How we define it, etc… If we examine the facts we all know that children are born as a result of the union of a man and woman – it can not happen naturally between two men or two women. Our Creator defined that process and no one can argue that fact. This is such a personal subject to everyone – it’s like trying to put two different beliefs in one category and naming it all the same thing. Regardless of where we all stand on the issue, we all need to ask ourselves why God established that the natural process for reproduction is between a man and a woman? Keeping all of this in mind we should respect each other instead of attacking each other. God has the final word on this one – all situations and personal feelings are known to Him. We should not waste time judging but seeking after God and His guidance in all aspects of life.

August 5, 2010 at 3:38 am
(15) your jesus says:

woww u guys are actually fighting abou all this bs??.
lets think this way, if everyone becomes gay, where is our next generation??…n if everyone is straight we will b able to c our next generation….straight people won….yay congrats everyone…… people jst bc ur frnd is gay, it dosent mean its ryt……its wrong wrong wrong…

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