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 CA was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage; however it was soon repealed with Proposition 8, which was approved by voters.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! 🙂