US: Georgia judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 17, 2006

ATLANTA, Georgia — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state�s gay marriage ban Monday.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance C. Russell handed down the ruling that gay-rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.

According to the Associated Press, Russell said �procedural safeguards such as the single-subject rule rarely enjoy public support.

�But ultimately it is those safeguards that preserve our liberties, because they ensure that the actions of government are constrained by the rule of law,� the judge wrote.

Jack Senterfitt, who issued a challenge to the amendment on behalf of gay rights organization Lambda Legal, told the Associated Press that the ruling �protects the right of voters to make independent decisions on each independent issue.� – Issued by Gay Link Content

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