photo by Gregg Chadwick
From Judge Richard Kramer's decision:
"The state's protracted denial of equal protection cannot be justified simply because such constitutional violation has become traditional. In 1948 California's statutory ban on interracial marriages was challenged as violating the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution. Advocates of the racial ban asserted that because historically and culturally, blacks had not been permitted to marry whites, the statute was justified. This argument was rejected by the court."
Judge Kramer continues,"Simply put, same-sex marriage cannot be prohibited solely because California has always done so before."