Prop. 8 overturned in California, court says state can’t ban gay marriage

 

The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down the state’s voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional in a 2-1 ruling Tuesday.

The three judge panel found the state’s Proposition 8 “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians”, denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment.

Supporters of same-sex marriages cheered the decision when it was announced outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.

The decision is expected to be appealed, to either the full court or to the U.S. Supreme Court, and a stay of the order remains in place as the appeal process continues, the court noted.

 

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