Judge Rules California’s Ban on Gay Marriage is Unconstitutional

A United States District Court Judge has ruled that California’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, saying the ban “unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates and irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.

In 2008, California had passed legislation allowing gay marriage. But just a few months later, 52% of California voters approved an amendment, Proposition 8, that banned same-sex marriages. The judge said the amendment “fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license."

It is likely the decision will be appealed all the way to US Supreme Court.

U.S. Judge Overturns Prop. 8 In Gay Rights Victory | NPR

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