Court Upholds California's Gay Partnership Law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An appeals court rejected on Monday a challenge to a California law that gives same-sex domestic partners many of the same rights as married couples.
The Alliance Defense Fund and other conservative groups brought the suit, arguing that a state measure on domestic partnership that became law in January was unconstitutional.

Their argument centered on a proposition approved by California voters in 2000 that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The Court of Appeal for the Third District in Sacramento backed a superior court judge's finding that the new law did not violate the 2000 Defense of Marriage Initiative.

"We conclude the trial judge was correct in ruling that the legislature's enactment of the domestic partners act did not constitute an amendment of the Defense of Marriage Initiative and, thus, that the legislature's action without separate voter approval did not violate ... the California Constitution," the court wrote.

You can read the whole story here. Keep in mind that a lower court judge has ruled that the entire 2000 Defense of Marriage Act violates the state's constitution on equal protection grounds, though that decision is stayed pending appeal.