Friday, July 16, 2010

Same-sex marriage ruling is a victory for all minority groups

Washington Post
July 16, 2010

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday provided an important and welcome victory for same-sex marriage. But its decision in Jackson v. D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is likely to have significance far beyond the realm of gay rights.

In a 5 to 4 ruling, the court held that the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics was right to block a voter initiative sponsored by Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. and other opponents of same-sex marriage that would have allowed District residents to vote on the definition of marriage. The initiative was intended to nullify the D.C. Council's decision to sanction same-sex marriages by requiring that only unions between one man and one woman would be legally recognized.