Thursday, March 11, 2004

The Rule of Law

So, the Cailfornia Supreme Court has ordered San Francisco not to issue any more marriage licenses to gay couples. Although the court didn't rule on the legality of gay marriage in California, it has, in effect, upheld a state law and voter referendum that say marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Perhaps, in its subsequent decision on the merits of the case, the court will find authority for gay marriage in California's constitution.

Whatever the outcome of the case, California's high court has upheld the rule of law. The court -- not the impetuous mayor of San Francisco -- should decide the legality of gay marriage. And if the citizens of California don't like the court's ruling, they can strive to negate the ruling by amending California's constitution.