A three-judge panel in the ninth US circuit court of appeals ruled 2-1 today that Proposition 8—a 2008 voter-approved measure restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples—is unconstitutional. "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California," judge Stephen Reinhardt said in the ruling.
The court's decision upholds the ruling of a federal judge in 2010 who found the measure to be a violation of civil rights. But Proposition 8's fate doesn't end with today's news. If supporters of the measure appeal to a larger panel (and they will), the US Supreme Court could eventually hear the case, creating a national precedent for same-sex marriage.
—Phillip B. Crook
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