Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 -- 1:16 PM EST

Federal Appeals Court Rules California’s Ban on Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a voter-approved ban on gay marriage in California violated the Constitution, all but ensuring that the case will proceed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Richard said...

The party in San Francisco begins in 10 minutes!!

When Theodore Olsen, former Solicitor General during the Bush administration, signed on to lead the legal team for our side in this matter I was pretty certain that Prop 8 would be overturned. Olsen hit every one of Justice Scalia's hot buttons in his brief and answered them one by one.

In some respects I really hope that this case goes to the Supremes. It would be a great debate in the 30 minutes which each side gets to argue their case. Before that, though, this case will probably go to the full 9th Circuit. This was only a 3-man panel.

Stay tuned!

Richard said...

"Prop 8 served no purpose and had no effect, other than lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in california, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite sex couples.”
- 9th circuit court of appeals

That's a pretty powerful finding of fact.