Homosexuals Lose 2004 Gains in 'Marriages'; Traditional-Values Groups Hail Court Decisions Nullifying Unions, Though Massachusetts Law Stands

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Homosexuals Lose 2004 Gains in 'Marriages'; Traditional-Values Groups Hail Court Decisions Nullifying Unions, Though Massachusetts Law Stands


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A recent Oregon Supreme Court decision to nullify about 3,000 same-sex "marriages," along with a similar ruling last year in California, means that all of the nearly 7,300 "weddings" conducted in 2004 outside Massachusetts are void.

Vindication has been sweet for traditional-values groups that were outraged when local officials, such as San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, started "marrying" same-sex couples in February 2004.

"Mayor Newsom has lost his mind," Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver said at the onset of San Francisco's monthlong "wedding" spree.

Court decisions in California and Oregon established that local government officials "do not have the power to change statewide law," Mr. Staver said last week.

The California decision, rendered last summer, voided about 4,200 same-sex "marriages" conducted in San Francisco. And on April 14, Ohio's high court reversed a lower court decision that said 3,022 same-sex "marriages" in Multnomah County were valid.

Dozens of other same-sex "marriages" in New York, New Mexico and New Jersey also were ruled invalid.

In 2004, the first legal same-sex "marriage" licenses were issued in the United States. On May 17, a Massachusetts court order went into effect, despite legal challenges from conservative groups, and thousands of homosexual couples have since "married" in that state.

So what was accomplished by the spontaneous same-sex "weddings" conducted in states other than Massachusetts? …

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