Calif. Gays May Have 6-Month Window

Voters have option to kill same-sex marriage law at Nov. polls
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 4:50 PM CDT
Janet McKeithen a priest at a United Methodist Church attends a street celebration of Thursday's California Supreme Court ruling.   (AP Photo/Hector Mata)
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(Newser) – Despite its staying power in Massachusetts, gay marriage may not last long in California, Emily Bazelon writes for Slate. Unlike Massachusetts, where “a layered and intricate legislative process” gave voters time to get comfortable with the new law, Californians can overturn the landmark ruling on election day in November, by passing an initiative that's already on the ballot.

Also on Slate, Kenji Yoshino wades through the legalese and zeroes in on the California Supreme Court's finding that discrimination on the basis of race and of sexual orientation are equivalent. That decision is "critical because it is portable—that is, gays can now challenge any California state policy that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation."