California Court's Judicial Activism Threatens the Institution of Marriage
Publication Date: May 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Keywords: gay marriage; Family; same-sex marriage; Judicial activism
Coverage: United States
On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court overturned California voters' 61 percent majority, expressed in 2000's Proposition 22, in favor of affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The California court's decision is the latest in a series of judicial and legislative efforts to institutionalize a social experiment in its early stages by elevating it in law to the status of the oldest of institutions: marriage.