California Prop 8 debateA federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved law banning gay marriage, is unconstitutional.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down the law in 2010, calling it discriminatory against gays and lesbians in California.

In a written  decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said, “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”

Although this is a victory for gay marriage activists in the state, most legal scholars believe today’s ruling will be limited to California and will not affect laws in other states.

The backers of Prop. 8, ProtectMarriage, are expected to appeal today’s decision which could makes it way to the nation’s highest court.

Despite the Court of Appeals deeming the law unconstitutional, gay and lesbian couples are not expected to be able get married in California until the appeals process is exhausted.

What do you think of today’s ruling and the fight for marriage equality? 

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  • Natalie

    Even though I’m a Christian, I don’t care if gay marriage is legal or not illegal. Not everyone is a Christian or a Muslim, so, why hold them back. Everyone will be judged accordingly.

    • nashe

      Right on ! As a christian as well ,I always prefer God to do the judging.Let anyone who wants to marry do so, the Lord will judge each for his /her own transgressions.

    • chanela

      @nashe be careful with your words. you said “let ANYONE who wants to marry do so” i wouldn’t be surprised if people fight for marrying and dating children just like they do in other countries.

      the constitution DOES say that people have the right to the pursuit of happiness… sex with kids make people happy so technically not letting certain people marry/have sex with kids is considered unconstitutional… so is murder.. people enjoy that too.

      i hate how people act like its a church thing. its NOT.there are atheists that believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.. what now? you can’t blame Christianity in that situation. being christian has nothing to do with this

  • Carlene

    I’m honestly surprised that Prop 8 was approved in the first place, but I’m happy it was overturned. I wonder how long the appeals process will take.

    @Chanela Comparing gay marriage to pedophilia doesn’t work. Minors are unable to consent to marriage unlike two adults. And, I can’t believe I have to explain this, murder is also not between two consenting people, among other things. Which is why it’s a crime.

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