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One Step Closer!
Civil Rights – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined Proposition 8, the 2008 measure voted in by Californian voters to ban same-sex marriage, unconstitutional.
There is no doubt this will be appealed to either a larger panel of the Circuit Court or straight to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the fate of equality in marriage will inevitably be decided. Proponents of Proposition 8, including ProtectMarriage, are eager to see the issue reach the high court, where it, if found to be constitutional, can be the basis for similar state or possibly federal marriage laws. For many groups against Proposition 8, such as Marriage Equality USA, the hope is that this decision will be seen as enough.
The Circuit Court’s determination of Proposition 8 as unconstitutional will help open the door for others to challenge similar laws in other states, though the final, nationwide decision will come when the appeal process is completed.
Rallies against the Circuit Court’s decision are, not surprisingly, already underway.
To read more about the implications of this decision, check out the L.A. Times.
You can read more about the history of Proposition 8 here.