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California court strikes down marriage ban

Posted in: International News
By GayNZ.com Daily News staff - 8th February 2012

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An appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a ruling declaring California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.

The decision came in a 2-1 majority. The issue is now expected to go to the US Supreme Court.

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that Judge Vaughn Walker, the District Judge who in August 2010 ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional, did not need to recuse himself because he is gay.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples," the ruling states. "The Constitution simply does not allow for ‘laws of this sort.’”


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