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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Proposition 8 Is Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Says

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

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A federal appeals court ruled this morning that California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

New outlets are reporting that the ban will still remain in effect as the case makes its way to the Supreme Court. Both sides had vowed to appeal the ruling if the outcome wasn't in their favor.

One of the first pols to release a statement on today's ruling was none other than Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who instigated the statewide debate over gay marriage when the former San Francisco mayor decided to marry same-sex couples at City Hall in 2004. Newsom's move set off what has become the biggest Civil Rights fight in the nation.

"Today's decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stands as a victory for the fundamental American principle that all people are equal, and deserve equal rights and treatment under the law. This is the biggest step that the American judicial system has taken to end the grievous discrimination against men and women in same-sex relationships and should be highly praised. Proposition 8 has done nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that same-sex couples are inferior to heterosexual couples," Newsom said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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