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Appeals court rules California’s gay marriage ban breaks US constitution

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  1. This is very good news. But I suspect there will be a stay that will keep same sex marriage illegal, and then another protracted legal limbo while the Supreme Court decides if it will hear it, and then hears it. I’m not sure it means that anything will change for the people of California at this time. The NOM/LDS/RCC sadists are going to drag this battle out to its bitter end.

  2. God Bless America maybe they are really free there after all.

    1. Some are more free than others.Twas always thus.

  3. Omar Kuddus 8 Feb 2012, 12:25am

    “It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours. If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope.” ~ Harvey Milk

  4. Excellent news …

    The right decision was made …

    Sad some bigots in America are already trying to pre-empt the next battles and twist the situation to say there is no correlation between the decision in California and any other US state …

    They can pretend but fairness and integrity are coming to the USA and embracing LGBT people – and soon …

  5. Affirmation and Mormons For Marriage were right to SUPPORT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE EQUALITY. If only the rest of the Mormon world would give them more credit.

    1. Mormons for marriage would get more credit from me if they left the church – they’re trying to square a circle and it can’t be done.

      1. That’s actually pretty insensitive. Mormons – both on the left and on the right – have a strong Mormon identity. Gay-friendly Mormons draw much of their culturally/socially left positions from teachings in their own Mormon upbringing, which tend to be downplayed on the right. Gay-friendly Mormons generally seek to reform the church from the inside, rather than leave it completely. Telling them they have less credibility unless they leave the church, is like telling them they have less credibility being Mormons, and that’s a pretty offensive thing to tell valuable allies in the struggle for gay rights.

  6. GingerlyColors 8 Feb 2012, 7:32am

    A victory for common sense and hopefully this will be the end of the matter. As the Court holds jurisdiction over eight other states as well as California then those states should bring in gay marriage ASAP and Washington State appears ready to sign it into law. As for the remainder of the United States hopefully this landmark ruling will have wider implications. Rick Santorum shouldn’t have anything to worry about though – marriage between a man and a woman is still going to remain legal!

  7. The rule of law wins out over the rule of the mob. Brilliant! A huge landmark passed on the road.

  8. Endthefear 8 Feb 2012, 8:40am

    Stoping people from being who they are and loving who they want has never been constitutional in a democracy.Happy to watch the overdue changes slowly prevailing.POWER to the people.

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  9. ‘…Supporters of Prop 8 also claimed that Judge Walker was biased as he did not disclose that he was gay when conducting the trial…’

    following that logic a ruling made by heterosexual judge upholding the ban would have been equally biased

    1. de Villiers 8 Feb 2012, 11:35am

      Not really – as the heterosexual judge’s rights would not have been directly affected. However, the supporters’ argument would, if followed to its logical conclusion, prevent a black judge from hearing cases involving arguments over civil rights and/or prevent jurors from certain backgrounds sitting in cases where the defendant was also of their background. Overall, it is not an attractive argument.

  10. Surely this ruling does (or potentially could) have a bearing on other states, because if they introduce gay marriage, this ruling has set a precedent that the law allowing same-sex couples to marry in that state can’t be overturned by a voter-intiative.

    Fantastic news, anyway.

    1. So a referendum on same-sex marriage in Washington would be illegal? Or repealing of same-sex marriage in New Hampshire would also be illegal?

    2. @Brendan

      The right wing Christians extremists are suggesting that there is no correlation …

      They state it is only so in California because there was existing law in place prior to the Prop 8 that ensured equality for LGBT people …

      They state where the equality law is not in place in other states (I would be interested in knowing how many states this applies to) that there can be no extrapolation …

      I don’t see their argument is right … but I do believe they will use every tactic in their armoury (whether legal or not) to try and prevent equality and fairness … it may be a delay but they will try hard

  11. jamestoronto 8 Feb 2012, 1:46pm

    I am not so sure that NOM and their allies would want this to go to the Supreme Court. As it stands now the ruling only affects California; if taken to the Supreme Court a similar decision would have nation-wide ramifications. From a strategic point of view, they may want to “cut their losses” at California and concentrate their resources elsewhere.

  12. So relieved for those living in California! This would just have been really awful and those already married, well it would have become null and void.

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