By contrast, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to that state's laws against same-sex marriage today, overruling a lower court, just as the New York court did. The high court's refusal to hear the case, made without comment, avoids a second showdown over gay rights there in two years. The court said then that states "cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime. Yet President Bush's push for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was rejected by the Senate in June. In July, the full court declined on a vote to reconsider the case. Immigrants make up a quarter of the long-term care workforce, which struggles with high turnover.
That law, enacted in and later partially repealed, required transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender at birth in government buildings and public schools.
The majority decision argued that any comparison with anti-miscegenation laws was flawed because discrimination against homosexuals has been recognized only recently, while "racism has been recognized for centuries — at first by a few people, and later by many more — as a revolting moral evil. You may opt-out at any time. Please upgrade your browser. Globe Nation stories Latest national news Globe front page Boston.