Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Liberty Counsel To Argue Landmark Marriage Case At California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has set oral argument for March 4 in a case involving the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Liberty Counsel, which represents the Campaign for California Families (CCF), will participate in the three-hour oral argument. The Court could ultimately decide whether same-sex couples in California have the right to enter into same-sex “marriages.”

This case involves a four-year-old dispute over the constitutionality of California’s marriage laws. In February 2004, Liberty Counsel filed suit on behalf of CCF and its executive director, Randy Thomasson, to stop San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The court ruled that the mayor did not have authority to issue the licenses based upon his personal belief that the marriage laws were unconstitutional. Meanwhile, several same-sex couples and the City and County of San Francisco filed several lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the marriage laws. Those lawsuits and Liberty Counsel’s original action were consolidated and have gone through several court hearings and appeals, until finally reaching the California Supreme Court.

California has many common sense reasons for preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a universally recognized social institution that forms the bedrock of every civilized society. Allowing same-sex couples to claim marital rights will destroy the unique institution that provides a stable cultural environment for children and their families.