Breaking news around the internet as we speak. By a vote of two to one, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that California’s Proposition is unconstitutional. That means big things for same sex rights. How big? Read on and find out!
What is Proposition 8?
Proposition 8 (ballot title: Eliminates Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment; called California Marriage Protection Act by proponents) was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” It has been a huge thorn for the gay community and it came as a huge shock that it was passed in the first place, considering the gay population of Los Angeles and the massive amounts of celebrities that came out against it.
Bigotry can only go so far
This new North Circuit ruling means that although more Californians voted for Prop 8 than not, that proposition was a violation of the constitution of the United States of America, according to the Ninth Circuit. This paves the way for the issue of same-sex marriage to head up to the Supreme Court in the near future and that means…gay marriage in California. Take that homophobic politicians!
This is a good day for Americans!