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Court overturns Prop. 8: California’s gay marriage ban

February 7, 2012

From The Examiner –

(Feb. 7) A federal appeals court today overturned Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that revoked the right of same-sex couples to obtain a civil marriage. In a 2-1 decision, the 3-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court declared the ban unconstitutional and a violation of the 14th Amendment right to “equal protection under the law” of gay Californians. Speaking for the majority, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote:

“All that Proposition 8 accomplished was to take away from same-sex couples the right to be granted marriage licenses and thus legally to use the designation of  ‘marriage,’ which symbolizes state legitimization and societal recognition of their committed relationships. 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 doesn’t allow for “laws of this sort.””

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