A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved law banning gay marriage, is unconstitutional.
In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down the law in 2010, calling it discriminatory against gays and lesbians in California.
In a written decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said, “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”
Although this is a victory for gay marriage activists in the state, most legal scholars believe today’s ruling will be limited to California and will not affect laws in other states.
The backers of Prop. 8, ProtectMarriage, are expected to appeal today’s decision which could makes it way to the nation’s highest court.
Despite the Court of Appeals deeming the law unconstitutional, gay and lesbian couples are not expected to be able get married in California until the appeals process is exhausted.
What do you think of today’s ruling and the fight for marriage equality?