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Federal Appeals Panel Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Un-Constitutional

February 8, 2012 by  

Federal Appeals Panel Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Un-Constitutional

A Federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, violates the Constitutional right to equal protection.

The law was approved by 52 percent of the State’s voters in 2008 and amended the State’s Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman. The new ruling upholds a 2010 decision by former Judge R. Vaughn Walker who found marriage to be a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. That ruling also said the proposition “fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.”

People in opposition of same sex marriage can appeal the decision made Tuesday to the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit or take it directly to the Supreme Court, which has never ruled on the matter.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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