Another small step in the right direction.SAN FRANCISCO - A Superior Court judge has ruled that California's law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.
It's a huge legal milestone that if upheld on appeal would pave the way for California to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed.
The opinion had been anxiously awaited because of San Francisco's historical role as a gay rights battleground.
San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said in his ruling: "It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners."
Kramer's decision came in a pair of lawsuits seeking to overturn California's statutory ban on gay marriage.
They were brought by the city of San Francisco and a dozen same-sex couples last March, after the California Supreme Court halted the four-week marriage spree.
Mayor Gavin Newsom had initiated the unions by directing city officials to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians in defiance of state law.