07 February 2012

Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional - again - for now

Today, in another victory for equality, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that California's Proposition 8 - the 2008 ballot initiative which outlawed same-sex marriage in that state - is unconstitutional.

In the majority opinion, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote:
"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "The ban remains in effect while the case proceeds toward the U.S. Supreme Court."

And, given the current SCOTUS configuration, anything could happen there.

Stay tuned, with fingers crossed for equality.

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