Calif. High Court Throws Out Gay Marriage Ban

Law360, New York (May 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- California's highest court has ruled that language in a state statute limiting the designation of marriage to a union “between a man and a woman” is unconstitutional in a move that could have some employers scrambling to make swift changes to their policies.

In a 4-3 opinion issued Thursday, justices of the California Supreme Court said that the exclusion of same-sex couples from the designation of marriage “works a real and appreciable harm” upon such couples and their children.

“Retention of the traditional definition of marriage...
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