Proposition 8 Is Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Says

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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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Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

Whatever happened to “separation of church andstate”...?  USA is becoming so corrupt –that it can’t even see the forest -- because of the homophobic religious “treesof hate” …! Who is to protect minority rights when the majority of religiouswackos are trampling over the rights of others.  

Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

Obamashould be praised for standing up for human rights … by supporting the gaycommunity!  To see the religious lunatics try to manipulategovernment and our lives -- is shameful.    Someone left the door ofthe asylum ajar -- the religious extremists are loose & they are all in theRepublican Party!  

Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

The Republican Partyhave become the party of hate and bigotry against gays -- when human rightsshould be their mantra.  Being black; left-handedor being gay is just as natural!   TheRepublican Party is being manipulated by extreme religious wackos -- who aredestroying the integrity and compassion of the United States.  They should be referred to as … The Church ofHate!  Whatever happened to Love YourFellowman? Kids are being bullied and committing suicide while the adults arebasing their hateful beliefs on a fictional character!  Insanity has overcome the United States! 

 

Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

The Republican Partyhave become the party of hate and bigotry against gays -- when human rightsshould be their mantra.  Being black; left-handedor being gay is just as natural!   TheRepublican Party is being manipulated by extreme religious wackos -- who aredestroying the integrity and compassion of the United States.  They should be referred to as … The Church ofHate!  Whatever happened to Love YourFellowman? Kids are being bullied and committing suicide while the adults arebasing their hateful beliefs on a fictional character!  Insanity has overcome the United States!  http://FightForDignity.com

 

Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

Obama should be praised for standing upfor human rights … by supporting the gay community!  To see the religious lunatics try to manipulategovernment and our lives -- is shameful.    Someone left the door of the asylum ajar -- the religiousextremists are loose & they are all in the Republican Party! http://www.HolyFaux.com

Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

Whatever happened to “separation of church and state”...?  USA is becoming so corrupt – that it can’teven see the forest -- because of the homophobic religious “trees of hate” …!Who is to protect minority rights when the majority of religious wackos aretrampling over the rights of others.  http://www.BogusHocusPocus.com

Grant MacDonald
Grant MacDonald

Whatever happened to “separation of church and state”...?  USA is becoming so corrupt – that it can’teven see the forest -- because of the homophobic religious “trees of hate” …!Who is to protect minority rights when the majority of religious wackos aretrampling over the rights of others.  http://www.BogusHocusPocus.com

Obama should be praised for standing upfor human rights … by supporting the gay community!  To see the religious lunatics try to manipulategovernment and our lives -- is shameful.    Someone left the door of the asylum ajar -- the religiousextremists are loose & they are all in the Republican Party! http://www.HolyFaux.com

The Republican Partyhave become the party of hate and bigotry against gays -- when human rightsshould be their mantra.  Being black; left-handedor being gay is just as natural!   TheRepublican Party is being manipulated by extreme religious wackos -- who aredestroying the integrity and compassion of the United States.  They should be referred to as … The Church ofHate!  Whatever happened to Love YourFellowman? Kids are being bullied and committing suicide while the adults arebasing their hateful beliefs on a fictional character!  Insanity has overcome the United States!  http://FightForDignity.com

 

 

 

 

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Not to be a buzz kill, but all this means is the old windbags in the supreme court get to decide now.

Tim Harrington
Tim Harrington

Which means that the discriminatory Prop 8 could very well become the instrument by which gay marriage is legalized across the entire nation. (Oh snap, bigots!)

e_dog
e_dog

MrEricSir - not necessarily. They can choose to leave the case as-is.

Tim - Unlikely. Today's decision was fairly narrow. Even if the Supreme Court heard and upheld the decision, it would in all likeliness only apply to California.

e_dog
e_dog

Possibly, but only in states where same sex couples had first been recognized as having a fundamental right to civil marriage.

If SCOTUS hears and upholds the decision, it can only be a good thing. I just fear that we don't have five justices on this court.

Tim Harrington
Tim Harrington

If SCOTUS upholds the decision it might not instantly legalize gay marriage across the country but it would mean that other states would be Constitutionally barred from passing measures similar to Prop 8. Either way the impact would go beyond California.

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