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article imageCalifornia's Prop 8 deemed unconstitutional

By Sean Fraser     Feb 7, 2012 in Politics
Sacramento - California's infamous Prop 8, which banned same sex marriages in the state, has been declared unconstitutional by an federal appeals court.
The ruling came on Tuesday from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision, reports the L.A. Times. In the court's ruling, they stated that “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”
The ruling upheld a 2010 decision by then Chief U.S. District Judge and openly gay man, Vaughn R. Walker. Walker's decision was challenged because he did not reveal his homosexuality until after the ruling, but the challenge was dropped.
The official decision states:
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. There was no such reason that Prop 8 could have been enacted.
Prop 8 has been in question since same sex marriages were permitted on May 15, 2008, and the proposition was made for that year's election on Nov. 4. Since its passing, numerous decisions both for and against the controversial law have brought the debate of banning same sex marriages to the forefront of political issues.
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