9th Circuit Court: California Gay Marriage Ban is UNCONSTITUTIONAL (upheld)
Another note that just because it's unfunny doesn't mean it has to be sad or upsetting:
Court: CA gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional (Yahoo link)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, paving the way for a likely U.S. Supreme Court showdown on the voter-approved law.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge interpreted the U.S. Constitution correctly in 2010 when he declared the ban, known as Proposition 8, to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.
The measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, outlawed same-sex unions just five months after they became legal in the state.
Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors and for two couples who sued to overturn the ban have said they would appeal to the Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.
It's not entirely over because the lawyers for the sponsors are going to take it to the Supreme Court, but it's another mile down the road to marriage equality. Here's hoping it stays going!
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