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Editorial: First Day of Gay Weddings in California

La Opinin, Editorial, Posted: Jun 17, 2008

Editor's Note: On the first day of legal gay weddings in California, editors of La Opinin write that the historic move serves to strengthen the status of marriage.

LOS ANGELES -- The court decision allowing the marriage of gay couples was based conclusively on equal rights. The ceremonies that began yesterday in city halls across California are the acknowledgment before society of a commitment between two people who respect and love each other. Yesterday it was the law, today its the feelings.

Marriage and its values of fidelity, affection, and mutual care are strengthened with the formalization of these bonds. The gender of the people involved takes a back seat when the soundness of a relationship depends on the emotions of two human beings.

Not everyone has to agree with these marriages, but the feelings behind them warrant respect, as does the legal framework. In this regard, we condemn the attitude assumed by the clerks offices in Butte and Kern Counties that would rather cancel all weddings than follow state law. These public officials will have the chance to vote in November to change the states Constitution, but today they must respect it.

Since yesterday afternoon, thousands of California couples are making their dream of being recognized as such a reality. The forced secrecy of a years-long silent relationship today becomes a public celebration reaffirming the couples devotion with a party, a cake, and a fitting celebration.

Diversity is a characteristic of California, but differences end where there are feelings of affection and the accompanying values. The status of marriage is not in danger. To the contrary, today, it is stronger than ever.

Photo: Ciro Cesar/La Opinin

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