A state constitutional amendment to protect marriage, that was overwhelmingly approved by Georgia voters in 2004, has been struck down by a judge who ruled that the measure violated the state's single-subject rules for ballot questions since it addressed issues other than gay marriage, such as civil unions and the power of Georgia courts to rule on disputes arising from same-sex relationships. "People who believe marriages between men and women should have a unique and privileged place in our society may also believe that same-sex relationships should have some place — although not marriage," said Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell, who made the ruling. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was let down by the decision, and that he would call a special session of the Legislature to propose another amendment to ban same sex marriage. "I am very disappointed by this decision to countermand the people of Georgia's voice in defining marriage in our state as a union between a man and a woman," said Perdue. "The people of Georgia knew exactly what they were doing when an overwhelming 76 percent voted to support this constitutional amendment." Mike Johnson, senior legal counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, said that the ruling underscores why it's important in the planning stage to make sure the language in a marriage amendment will survive a court challenge. He also stressed that this ruling reminds us why there is a dire need for a federal marriage-protection amendment. Related Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,