July 10, 2006
Good news from New York… and Georgia. First, New York. The Court of Appeals in Albany has ruled 4-2 that same-sex marriages are not allowed under the state’s constitution and marriage is to be limited to a union between a man and a woman. Any change in the law would have to come from the state legislature, the court ruled.
In Georgia, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling and decided unanimously that the law banning same sex marriage does not violate the state’s ban on single-subjects for ballot measures. The ban had been approved by 76 percent of voters and even though we know huge majorities don’t matter to some courts these days, they did in this case.
The media, of course, are interviewing homosexual couples, some with children, about what a sad day it is. It is nothing of the kind. This issue will wind up at the united states supreme court because Massachusetts allows same-sex marriage and Vermont and Connecticut allow civil unions.
Nevertheless, these rulings are welcome. Now if we can just do a better job preserving heterosexual marriages.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.