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Love, California Style

Alex_P Wrote: Mar 28, 2013 4:26 PM
"Jerome, what is this noise outside?" "Gays are protesting, sir." "What are they protesting about?" "Demand free love, sir." "Someone is denying them the right to love?" "No, sir." "So why are they protesting?" "Perverts, sir."

Marriage returned to the two-parent union of a 1950s sitcom on Tuesday as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the legal challenge to Proposition 8, the California-voter-approved measure that banned same-sex marriage in 2008. Urging the court to overturn Prop. 8, attorney Ted Olson argued that the law stigmatized same-sex couples by consigning them to a status that labels "their most cherished relationships as second-rate, different, unequal and not OK."

It's a complete turnaround for California, the state that pioneered dismissing marriage as a meaningless legality. In 1976, the California Supreme Court recognized the notion of "palimony"...