Judge Strikes Down Ga. Ban on Gay Marriage
Posted on May 17, 2006
Don’t get too excited. The judge made the ruling on procedural grounds—not on a question of civil rights.
ATLANTA—A judge on Tuesday struck down Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a rule that limits ballot questions to a single subject.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance C. Russell said the state’s voters must first decide whether same-sex relationships should have any legal status before they can be asked whether to ban same-sex marriages.
“People who believe marriages between men and women should have a unique and privileged place in our society may also believe that same-sex relationships should have some place ? although not marriage,” she wrote.