Were the Supremes Right?
June 20, 2008 9:20 AM
The recent California Supreme Court decision (4-3) to legalize same-sex marriage has and will continue to stir the social, political and religious pots. The conservative Court ruled that people have a fundamental right to marry the person of their choice and that gender restrictions violate the state Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.
This is a historic decision especially in light of the fact that in 2000, 61% of California voters approved a ballot measure that said, “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.” There is a proposed constitutional amendment that would override the Court’s decision and is expected to appear on the 2008 California general election ballot.
From a purely economic perspective, some scholars believe that gay marriage will boost the economy by as much as $63+ million through revenues from weddings of California resident couples, weddings and tourism of out-of-state couples, as well as revenues from marriage licenses. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
So, was the Court’s decision the right one? Is this a social issue? Economic issue? Moral issue? On this one, you be the judge.
See you in Court!