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“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.
'Marriage’ is the name that society gives to the relationship that matters most between two adults. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but to the couple desiring to enter into a committed lifelong relationship, a marriage by the name of ‘registered domestic partnership’ does not” [emphasis mine].

From the dissent:

The two reasons that Smith believes are enough to keep marriage segregated? 1. “a responsible procreation theory” and 2. “an optimal parenting theory.”

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