This morning, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today 2-1 that Proposition 8, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
It's a historic ruling--the first time in the nation's history that a federal appeals court has struck down a statewide ban on marriage for same-sex couples. >>>
Prop. 8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules.
A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year
The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8 have vowed to appeal. The ruling was narrow and likely to be limited to California. >>>
Adversaries in the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California clashed Monday over the release of courtroom videos, with gay-rights groups arguing for the public's right to watch last year's trial and their opponents saying the judge promised to keep the footage sealed. >>>
The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees. Democrat Senator Christine Kehoe’s bill says that state agency contracts will only be awarded to companies who offer the equal benefits.
Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. >>>