Gay Nuptials Continue

Posted by: on Feb 17, 2004 | No Comments

Two judges refused Tuesday to put an immediate halt to the parade of same-sex weddings taking place at San Francisco City Hall, leaving open the possibility that gays and lesbians will be able to obtain marriage licenses and wed at least until the end of this week.

Superior Court Judge James Warren turned down an anti-gay marriage group’s request to issue an immediate stay that would bar the city from issuing licenses. However, after a 2 1/2 –hour hearing in a packed courtroom, Warren gave city officials an option: “cease and desist” from issuing licenses, or return to court March 29 to explain why they should be able to allow gays and lesbians to marry.

Listen, this “battle” is simple. The court has no business halting something that doesn’t legally exist in the first place. Why would you issue an injunction to something that, at the end of the day, isn’t recognized by the state? Ridiculous. The court is doing their job.

I realize these right-wing groups are all up in arms simply because the “marriages” are happening, but the fact of the matter is, they’re not legal so relax already. The mere thought makes them spontaneously spew bible verses and imaging consummation probably brings a full-on seizure, but this over-reaction to a legal non-event is not likely to work in their favor.

Well, Gavin, I hope your stunt works. I really do. Yes, the current law is discriminatory, but at the moment, you’re pedaling hope without anything legal to back you up. Constitutional laws will override statues, so prove it unconstitutional already and let’s get on with this.

City Hall was at least nice enough to waive the $62 ceremony fee for the first five days, in addition to extending hours on Saturday and Sunday to perform marriages. Congratulations to all 2,636 couples!