The California Supreme court voted 7-0 and ordered San Francisco to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
California's top court did not immediately address whether Newsom had the legal power to authorize the marriages, which contravenes a state law and voter referendum that say marriage is a union between a man and a woman. The justices skirted the question of whether the California Constitution would permit a gay marriage, as Newsom claims.
Instead, the justices moved to block any more marriages, at least for now, until they decide whether Newsom had the power to authorize such unions. The court did not void the marriages already performed, leaving thousands of newly married couples in legal limbo.
Gay couples are not the only ones left in limbo. Just one of the effects of this fiasco....
The Social Security Administration has said it would not accept any marriage licenses from San Francisco as proof of marriage until the legal dispute was resolved.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts:
Massachusetts legislators moved a step closer on Thursday to amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages and establish civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, by passing three preliminary votes on the amendment.
But it was not clear Thursday night if the measure, which is known as a compromise amendment, would ultimately pass the next legislative hurdle, an opportunity for the amendment to be revised before coming to a final vote. The legislature will reconvene to consider the measure again on March 29.
But, remember, an amendment wouldn't take effect until 2006 at the earliest, and the judges have declared gay marriages can occur starting May 17.
The amendment debated on Thursday does not indicate what would happen to same-sex couples who marry in the two years before the amendment could get final approval, but some of its backers said they intended to have those marriages converted to civil unions.
No matter which side of this issue you come down on, can anyone honestly tell me this is what the democratic process is supposed to look like? Mayor and judges making new laws based on their own personal beliefs? What if I obtain an office of authority and decide men have to wear dresses and pantyhose? It's equality, right? Get ready for those high heel shoes, baby.