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Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional
Panel of Judges at the 9th Circuit of the US Court of Appeals rules that California's ban on same sex marriage violated the 14th Amendment of the Federal Constitution and is therefore unconstitutional.
Prop 8 California's ban on same sex marriage ruled unconstitutional by 3 member panel of Judges from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Judge Smith dissented. The panel majority stated that California voters violated the 14th Amendment of the Federal Constitution when voting in Prop
I was live on scene in front of the Federal Court when the decision was out. San Francisco is ground zero for same sex marriage, so folks are happy.
Additionally the panel majority stated that California's Proposition 8 "served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California", and it officially would have reclassified their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite sex couples."
The panel of judges also denied the motion by Prop 8 proponents to vacate the judgement by then Chief Judge Walker because he was also gay.
San Francisco City Attorney held a press conference inside San Francisco's City Hall to talk about the decision and what it means for Gay and Lesbian Californians. They stated that they are getting ready and changing forms, but said until the stay is lifted same sex marriage couples in California still cannot marry. They said it may take months before same sex marriage is allowed to resume in California.
...that Prop 8 targeted a minority group and withdrew the right that it possessed, without a legitimate reason to do so..."
San Francisco City Attorney held a press conference regarding the decision. At the conference City Officials said it may take months before same sex marriages are allowed to resume in California.