Court Blocks California’s Gay Marriage Ban

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A big win for gay rights in California, at least for now: In a 2-1 decision, a federal appeals court ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional. Supporters of Proposition 8, which limits marriage to a man and a woman, plan to appeal, paving the way for a Supreme Court showdown.

[pullquote quote=”The people who oppose it will try to appeal it – but it’s a step in the right direction.” credit=”Ellen DeGeneres “]There could be a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as early as next year, reports the Los Angeles Times. ”Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” said the court.

On today’s edition of the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’, Ellen calls the overturning of the Proposition 8 ‘a step in the right direction,’ as she addresses the protests against her appointment as JC Penney’s spokesperson.

“And I’m happy to say that yesterday an appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional,” the 54-year-old host continued.

“I’m sure the people who oppose it will try to appeal it – but it’s a step in the right direction. So I’m happy.”


A step in the right direction is correct! For an issue destined to land on the steps of the Supreme Court, the overturning of Proposition 8 is the beginning of Gay Marriage and it’s road to a Supreme Court ruling!

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