Exclusion From Marriage Is at Heart of California Case

New York Times
March 5, 2008
For almost four hours on Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important marriage case since Massachusetts’s highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry there more than four years ago. But it took only 15 minutes for Justice Carlos R. Moreno to identify the central question. “Doesn’t this just boil down to the use of the m-word — marriage?” he asked…Lawyers for the same-sex couples seeking the right to marry said that marriage was a unique expression of love and commitment and that calling their unions anything else was a form of second-class citizenship. [Link]