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
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)

(Newser) – 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.