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Monday, February 07, 2005

And so it begins. First Mass., now N.Y., soon everywhere under Full Faith and Credit. The N.Y. Times has this item on a state judge overturning N.Y.'s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional:
    "New York State judge in Manhattan ruled yesterday that a state law that effectively denied gay couples the right to marry violated the state Constitution, a decision that raised the possibility that the city would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as next month."
Likley it will go to appeal. From there who knows. The point, however, is clear. Whether or not you support traditional marriage, the fact remains that the only way to protect it is to enact a constitutional amendment; statutory provisions are subject to constitutional interpretation--a point this N.Y. judge has made very clear.