Tuesday, February 7, 2012

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds California’s Proposition 8 Unconstitutional

Today the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California’s voter-passed Proposition 8, which, passed in 2008, banned same-sex marriage. In today’s 2-to-1 decision, the Court upheld the August 2010 ruling by Judge Walker that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.  

Writing for the majority, Judge Reinhardt stated:
“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently…Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California”
You can read the 128 page decision in its entirety here.

"We are overjoyed by the ruling in California as a victory for all families" said Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National. "Our members and supporters are parents, family members, and friends of LGBT people--and LGBT people themselves--who believe that equality for all relationships is not a political issue but about love and acceptance. All families matter and should be recognized and respected; today’s ruling brings us one step closer to that reality."

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