BREAKING: CA gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

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According to The New York Times, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the CA same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The ruling affirmed the lower court’s ruling that Proposition 8 violated the civil rights of gays and lesbians.Proposition 8 was a voter-approved law enacted in 2008.

This ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals probably put  Proposition 8 up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a huge step in the right direction. CA was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage; however it was soon repealed with Proposition 8, which was approved by voters.

Gay marriage needs to be legalized throughout the country and the fact that the 9th Ct. has recognized that such a ban violates the rights of gays and lesbians is great!

If and when it reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, my only hope is that these nine justices strike down Proposition 8 and rule it unconstitutional because it is discriminatory, among other things, and gays/lesbians should enjoy every right that a heterosexual couple does. If this happens, I think it will pave the way for gay marriage to be legalized nationally! That will be a day for great celebration! 🙂


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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