Got the green light …
Got the green light for the vote on Georgia’s same-sex marriage amendment to proceed..

ATLANTA (BP)–Georgia’s Supreme Court refused Oct. 26 to take a constitutional marriage amendment off the ballot, giving pro-family groups in that state a significant victory in the debate over same-sex “marriage.”

In a 5-2 ruling the justices said they lacked the authority to interfere with the process until the amendment passes. Court action, therefore, is still possible, but only after the Nov. 2 election.

“The sole question raised by this case is whether the judiciary is authorized to interfere in the constitutional amendment process, and prevent the voters from expressing their approval or disapproval of the proposal which their elected representatives, by a two-thirds vote of each house of the General Assembly, have determined should be submitted to them,” the majority opinion read.

As would be expected, it ain’t over.

In a statement Lambda Legal indicated it would file suit after the election — assuming the amendment passes.

“Today’s ruling doesn’t say whether the proposed amendment is constitutional. We believe the amendment clearly violates the Constitution, and the court did not disagree. All the court said today is that this should stay on the ballot and face a constitutional test if it passes,” Jack Senterfitt, senior staff attorney with Lambda Legal’s southern regional office, said in a statement.

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