Breaking: Federal judge throws out California gay marriage ban
By John Byrne
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 — 4:56 pm
Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declared Wednesday that the amendment to the California Constitution barring same-sex marriage, adopted in November 2008 as Proposition 8, violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Freedom to Marry, the national nonprofit fighting for same-sex marriage equality, issued a statement praising the decision.
“Today’s federal ruling strikes down a cruel and unfair constitutional amendment that should never have become law and affirms that the freedom to marry belongs to every American,” the group said in a statement. “As the first court to strike down race restrictions on marriage said in 1948, ‘the essence of the right to marry is freedom to join in marriage with the person of one’s choice.'”
“There is no gay exception in the Constitution to personal choice and the right to marry, and there is no good reason to continue excluding same-sex couples from marriage,” the group added. “Judge Walker’s decision will be appealed and litigation will continue, but what we witnessed in the clear light of his courtroom cannot be erased. The witnesses, evidence, and arguments all demonstrated what we’ve long known: exclusion from marriage harms committed same-sex couples and their families, while helping no one, and the unjustified and unfair denial of marriage to same-sex couples violates the United States Constitution. The judge’s ruling reflects the growing consensus in courtrooms and legislatures across the country, and around the world, that there is simply no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage.”
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One grain of sand at a time.
One drop of water, freezing and thawing
Each action taken. Each small step forward
And the rock will wear away
Tina and I are going to a rally that was planned no matter what.
Savor the victory because it was truly a win for social justice and equality.