The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled California’s prohibition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional Tuesday, likely driving the case to the Supreme Court. Members of the Northwestern community said this decision, though restricted to one state, is an important step in the gay rights movement.
“The movement is gaining speed and is heading toward progress,” said Chris Garcia, co-student supervisor of NU’s LGBT Resource Center. “This decision presents the quality of a larger issue that NU students care defensible.”
“People can develop relations of intimacy and raise children without the institution of marriage,” Stevens wrote. “Benefits from the institution should not be denied on the basis of sexual