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February 7th, 2012 By Kevin Osborne | News | Posted In: News, LGBT Issues, Social Justice, Public Policy

Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

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In a long-awaited decision, a federal appeals court today declared that California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S.

Constitution and Supreme Court precedents when he declared in 2010 that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian people.

Prop 8 — short for “Proposition 8” — was a ballot initiative approved by California voters in November 2008. It overturned court rulings that allowed the marriage of same-sex couples in that state.

Today’s ruling likely will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For more on the ruling, click here.

 
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