California’s Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban declared unconstitutional

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In San Francisco today, another step in the, let's be honest here, inevitable legalization of same-sex marriage took place when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that restricted marriage to one woman and one man, is super unconstitutional:

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

The court upheld the decision back in 2010 by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who basically looked at the Prop, gave us all a silent "really?" look for about ten minutes, and threw that nonsense into his shredder. Today, the judges in the 9th Circuit Court — well, two of the three anyway — agreed with Walker's decision to get rid of that nasty junk.

The 2-1 ruling's just the latest in a seemingly ever-lasting legal tennis match to determine the outcome of whether or not same-sex marriage will be allowed in California. But an end's now apparently on the horizon: backers of Prop 8 have already vowed to appeal, which would lead to a Supreme Court decision, and if you think this one's a big deal, just wait for that.

While much of the fallout from this ruling remains to be known — no one's entirely sure of the logistics of when same-sex marriages will once again take place in California, or how long until the next appeals process — today's already a giant win of a day for proponents of equality, human rights, and all things good.