Court Blocks California's Ban on Gay Marriage

Declares Prop 8 unconstitutional, paving way for Supreme Court decision
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2012 12:18 PM CST
Court Blocks California's Ban on Gay Marriage
In this file photo from 2008, Eric Manriquez, left, and Juan Rivera hold their gold wedding rings as they get married in East Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

A big win for gay rights in California, at least for now: In a 2-1 decision, a federal appeals court ruled that the state's ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional. Supporters of Proposition 8, which limits marriage to a man and a woman, plan to appeal, paving the way for a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as early as next year, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California," said the court. (More California stories.)

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