The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which worked in concert with many other socially-conservative churches and organizations to get Californians to outlaw gay marriage via Proposition 22 in 2000, issued a statement condemning the California Supreme Court's overturning of the ban on May 15th, 2008. Full story published in the Deseret Morning News, and aired on KTVX Channel 4 and KSL Channel 5.
Shortly after the court's decision, the LDS Church released the following statement:
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes that same sex marriage can be an emotional and divisive issue. However, the church teaches that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is the basic unit of society. Today's California Supreme Court decision is unfortunate."
The LDS Church was active in urging California residents to ban gay marriage through a public referendum in March 2000. Proposition 22 was designed to prevent formal sanction of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions from gaining future legal recognition on par with traditional marriage. Voters approved the measure, with 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed.
According to CNN, in a 4-3 ruling, the justices wrote that "responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation. We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples," Chief Justice Ronald George wrote for the majority. The ruling takes affect in 30 days. California coverage from the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle also includes a reader poll which, incredibly, shows that 87 percent of their readers approve the court's decision. Opponents of the court decision discuss their counterattack strategy HERE.
Click HERE to view the full 172-page court decision in PDF format.
However, the Deseret News, in another article, reports that Monte Stewart, president of the Orem-based Marriage Law Foundation, doesn't believe that the ruling will impact Utah, where voters in 2004 approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and other domestic unions. Stewart points out that the California ruling could be temporary. Voters in there are expected to consider a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in November.
But on the other hand, Sen. Scott McCoy (D-Salt Lake), who led the campaign against Utah's marriage amendment and who is one of Utah's three openly-gay state legislators, says the California ruling is a "moral victory", but even he concedes that the California ruling won't impact Utah directly. "Utah has clearly stated, and I think wrongly stated, that marriage is between a man and woman and won't recognize a marriage from another state," he said. "I look forward to the day we can reverse that constitutional decision."
Another of Utah's three openly-gay state lawmakers, Rep. Christine Johnson (D-Salt Lake) calls today a joyous one. She discussed input received from the gay and lesbian community here in Utah. "I'm hearing that some people would like to go to California and get married, but they want to come home. But they are sad that they will come home and there will be no recognition of their marriage in California here," Johnson said.
As of this post, 223 comments have been posted to the KSL story. Of the serious comments (KSL is infested with trolls), at least two-thirds oppose the court's decision. Note that the comments will take about a minute to load if you click the link. One problem many responders have with queers is that so many of them want to advertise it and celebrate it openly; they want to rub it in our faces. Others complain that many queers characterize those who oppose gay marriage as "haters" and "bigots". Here is a prototypical comment:
Report Comment by iceg @ 5:30pm - Thu May 15th, 2008
Just because someone disagrees with how you believe doesn't make them a hater, a bigot, a racist, or a sexist. It just means that his/her opinion is different than yours. It just amazes me how all these so called liberals preach open-mindedness, but if you disagree with them they do everything to jam it down your throat as witnessed today with these judges. The people of California voted on the issue and their voice has been ignored. You talk about a slap in the face, but this is what we continue to see in this wicked nation of ours. We are truly headed down a path of destruction as the family unit is being attacked from every side. These judges think they are wise, but they are fools indeed.
Additional Utah reaction is presented on the Provo Daily Herald Discussion Forum. More discussion from other areas available on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum.
This is just another example of a court which has exceeded its mandate. The judiciary is supposed to be one of three branches of government, not the pre-eminent branch. A judge's mission is to interpret the law, not to make the law. The California Supreme Court has irrevocably disgraced itself.