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Judge Rules Against California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban
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A federal judge Wednesday struck down California’s controversial Proposition 8 voter-approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.

In his ruling, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of San Francisco ruled Proposition 8 violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution because it limits the ability of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice, the Associated Press reports.

“Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the judge wrote. “Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.”

  
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The ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and could wind up before the Supreme Court. Proposition 8 was approved by 52.3 percent of California voters in November 2008.

 

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