Timeline: Six state supreme courts gay marriage decisions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six state supreme courts within the past five years have ruled on the issue of gay marriage. Following is a timeline of those decisions:

“And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
—Ecclesiastes 12:5-8

May 15, 2008 — The California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, orders the state to legalize gay marriage, saying marriage must be “available both to opposite-sex and same-sex couples.” The ruling overturns a statute that 61 percent of voters had approved.

Sept. 18, 2007 — Maryland’s highest court, in a 4-3 decision, refuses to legalize gay marriage, saying the state has a “legitimate governmental interest” in “fostering procreation” by limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

Oct. 25, 2006 — The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, refuses to legalize gay marriage but orders the legislature to amend state law to give homosexual couples the legal benefits of marriage. Legislature subsequently legalizes same-sex civil unions. Three dissenting justices criticize ruling, saying gay marriage should be legalized, without an option for civil unions.

July 26, 2006 — The Washington state Supreme Court, in its 5-4 ruling, refuses to legalize gay marriage, saying that “limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples furthers procreation, essential to the survival of the human race.”

July 6, 2006 — New York state’s highest court, in a 4-2 decision, refuses to legalize gay marriage, saying that “intuition and experience suggest that a child benefits from having before his or her eyes, every day, living models of what both a man and a woman are like.”

May 17, 2004 — A Massachusetts court ruling takes effect, making Massachusetts the first state in nation to legalize gay marriage.

Nov. 18, 2003 — The Massachusetts’ high court, in a 4-3 decision, rules that the state’s traditional marriage laws violate the state’s constitution and that gay marriage must be legalized. Court stays its opinion 180 days.

  1. Charlotte, 31 May, 2008

    So Michael what exactly are you trying to say? Are you for or against equality?
    Marriage is a basic civil right that should be attainable by all Americans if they choose.

  2. Ernest Gregoire, 01 June, 2008

    Dear Charlotte,

    With all due respect mam, Marriage is NOT a right!

    It is a divine institution given by God Himself. He said that it should be between a man and a woman.

    Your statement speaks to us all about where we stand in the End Times.

    Durring these times, people will not be able to tell the differnce between right and wrong.

    You are in despearte need of a Savior Charlotte, and there is only one, Jesus Christ.

  3. laurie, 01 June, 2008

    Marriage is a covenant instituted by God between a man and a woman, a lifelong commitment requiring much prayer, reading of the word, and allowing God to guide. This is the origin of marriage, which, by the way, is found in Genesis 2:24. God intended for marriage to be between a man and woman, and to last a lifetime {unless the spouse commits adultery, or leaves because of unbelief}. Homosexuals are in bondage to their sin, and belong to their father, the devil. Satan’s desire is to go against any and everything in God’s word. Homosexual marriage is not honored in the eyes of Almighty God, these people are storing up tremendous wrath for themselves. This is just another attack from Satan and his children, trying to destroy what God has instituted. Sadly, many so-called Christians are not clear on the matter and cry out for equality, for the sake of tolerance. As a former homosexual saved by God’s grace, I speak boldly in love against this perversion that is growing like a cancer, eating up morals and values, and destroying the very fabric of our society. May the Lord Jesus Christ come quickly and take back the kingdoms of this world.

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