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Federal Judge Declares California’s Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Posted on August 4 2010 6:20 pm
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by Doug Mataconis

Late today, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker issued his ruling in the lawsuit challenging California’s Proposition 8 and his ruling is already reverberating across the nation:

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, handing a temporary victory to gay rights advocates in a legal battle that seems all but certain to be settled by the Supreme Court.

Wednesday’s decision is just the latest chapter of what is expected to be a long legal battle over the ban — Proposition 8, which was passed in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote — and proponents were already promising to appeal, confidently predicting that higher courts would be less accommodating to the other side than Judge Walker.

Continue reading at Outside the Beltway.

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