State Green Party Strongly Criticizes CA Supreme Court Ruling to Invalidate Thousands of
State Same-Sex Marriages
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Monday, August 13, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO – The Green Party of California is strongly criticizing the
ruling Thursday by the California Supreme Court that invalidated 4,037
same-sex marriages performed in San Francisco earlier this year.
The court ordered that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom did not have the
authority to bypass a 1998 state law that defines a marriage as being
between a man and woman when he instructed his staff to issue marriage
licenses to same-sex couples. The court did not address the
constitutionality of the state law.
The Green Party of California platform specifically supports the right of
all persons to marry, with "all the rights, benefits and responsibilities
thereof, without discrimination based on sex, gender or sexual
orientation." (See www.cagreens.org)
"Unlike Senator Kerry I would welcome a ruling of the United States Supreme
Court recognizing that the United States Constitution protects the right to
same-sex marriage. An adult has a fundamental human and federal
constitutional right to marry another adult of either the same or different
gender and no governmental authority should interfere with that status,"
said Ray Glock-Grueneich, Green candidate for Congress (17th District,
Santa Cruz/Monterey/San Benito).
"If two people want to commit to one another and marry, they should not be
discriminated against because of their gender. I am shocked and opposed to
this arbitrary decision by the court," said Green candidate for Congress
Pat Gray (8th District, San Mateo/S. San Francisco).
"The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that the Government
may neither establish a State Religion nor prohibit individual religious
expression. Allowing same-sex marriage – with all of the civil rights and
obligations that go with it – does not violate anyone's religion because it
does not force it upon anyone," said Warner S. Bloomberg III, Green
candidate for Assembly District 23 (San Jose).
Many Greens are calling for support of legislation now at the State
Capitol. AB 1967, the "Marriage License Non-Discrimination Act"
(Assemblyman Mark Leno, D, 13th District, San Francisco), would legalize
same-sex marriages in the state.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437