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Court Upholds Domestic Partners Law

Tuesday, 05 April 2005 12:00 AM

The Campaign for Children and Families sued to block the domestic partners law on constitutional grounds, saying it effectively amended Proposition 22 without voters' approval.

Last year, a trial judge ruled that the domestic partners law does not amend the Defense of Marriage Initiative, and therefore it could be enacted without voter approval. On Monday, the appeals court in Sacramento agreed with the trial judge.

"We conclude the trial judge was correct in ruling that the Legislature's enactment of the domestic partners act did not constitute an amendment of the defense of marriage initiative," the appeals court said. Therefore, the appeals court concluded, separate voter approval is not necessary.

"Contrary to petitioners' suggestion, the Legislature has not created a 'marriage' by another name or granted domestic partners a status equivalent to married spouses," the ruling said.

'Marriage by another name'

CCF President Randy Thomasson said Monday's ruling means Californians have no choice but to protect marriage once and for all by amending the state constitution.

"If the bureaucracy will empty marriage of all its value, the people must override the bureaucracy and protect marriage rights for a man and a woman, as is only natural and is best for the children," Thomasson said at a Monday news conference.

"Californians voted overwhelmingly to keep everything about marriage for a man and a woman," said Thomasson. "Judges and politicians who suck all the value out of marriage have trashed the people's vote and cheapened this sacred institution. Now it's up to the people to rise up once again to say 'no' to the radical special interests and 'yes' to the beautiful and important institution of marriage for a man and a woman.

"These bad rulings clearly show the need to pass a constitutional amendment protecting marriage -- because if it's not a man and a woman, it's not marriage," Thomasson said.

Thomasson said voters understand that the word "marriage" contains automatic legal rights that are reserved exclusively for a man and woman. He accuses activist judges and Democrat politicians of blatantly attacking marriage and the voters.

The Campaign for Children and Families describes itself as a "pro-family organization empowering citizens to live out their values."

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