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

(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.

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"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. (Read more California stories.)

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