"Georgia's amendment banning gay marriage is constitutional, the state's highest court ruled Thursday.
The decision effectively reinstates the ban, which was thrown out by a lower court judge in May.
The state Supreme Court justices ruled that the amendment to the state constitution, approved by 76 percent of voters in November 2004, does not violate the single-subject rule by addressing other issues such as civil unions in addition to marriage.
Supporters of the ban, including Gov. Sonny Perdue, hailed the decision as an example of the court not overstepping its bounds.
"We don't do a referendum very often," Perdue said. "But when we do a referendum such as a Constitutional amendment, I think we need be very respectful of the people's voice and listen to that. I think the Supreme Court has done that and I'm very grateful for their action and their affirmation of the people's voice in overturning the trial court's opinion."
"Handing homosexual activist groups a significant defeat, New York's highest court July 6 upheld the state's marriage laws, ruling that "gay marriage" is an issue for the state legislature, and not the courts, to decide.
The 4-2 ruling by the New York Court of Appeals was handed down barely a month after it heard oral arguments in late May. The case involved four lawsuits brought on behalf of 44 same-sex couples in part by Lambda Legal, a homosexual legal group, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Lambda Legal and the ACLU argued that New York's marriage laws violated the state Constitution's equal protection and due process clauses. But the court disagreed.
"We hold that the New York Constitution does not compel recognition of marriages between members of the same sex," Associate Judge Robert S. Smith wrote for the court. "Whether such marriages should be recognized is a question to be addressed by the legislature."
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