Federal Appeals Court Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

prop8 Federal Appeals Court Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Opponents of Proposition 8 celebrating outside the 9th Circuit Court today. (Photo: Getty)

Proposition 8, the ban that ended California’s brief, four-month-long flirtation with same-sex marriage in 2008, was struck down today by a federal appeals court. The three judge panel of the ninth circuit court ruled 2-1 in favor of overturning the voter-approved measure.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the ruling.

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