August 4, 2010
Prop 8 Overturned
Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, citing a violation of the equal protection clause under the 14th amendment. The case, which was originally brought to the court by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights, will most likely be appealed to the 9th circuit courts by Prop 8 proponents.
Read more at CNN.com.
Background info from our blog, “Oy Gay”:
The judge presiding over the federal trial challenging Prop 8, which banned same sex marriage in California, will announce his decision on Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Bee. No specific release time has been mentioned, but sources close to the trial have told LAist that decisions can be released as early as 12 a.m. [Update: The decision will be filed sometime between 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the court]
No matter the outcome, the decision is expected to be appealed.
Plans for a rally in West Hollywood have been in the works since last month, but organizers were waiting for a date. More details on events will come to light soon.