California’s ban on same-sex marriage was just overturned by a U.S. federal judge.
The judge ruled that the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This is a big victory for justice, and for lesbian and gay couples. Thank God!
This is hot news that just happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 4). I wanted to let you know right away.
Two key sentences from the ruling by Judge Vaughn Walker: “California has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions. The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples.”
He concluded, “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples.”
Here is a link to a news report from the Advocate
You can read the full text of the ruling by clicking this link to HuffingtonPost.com. According to commentator Rachel Maddow, “it’s better than whatever novel you are currently reading right now.”
Enjoy a video of the victory speech by Prop 8 plaintiff Chad Griffin. He’s the “mastermind of the federal lawsuit against Proposition 8,” according to the Advocate. Click here to see it.