August 12th, 2010
03:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Prop 8 stay lifted by judge

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A federal judge ruled on Thursday to allow same-sex couples to marry in California, starting on August 18, handing another big victory to supporters of gay rights in a case that both sides say will likely end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last week, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. Walker had issued a temporary stay on his decision, which on Thursday he said he would lift.

The high-profile case is being watched closely by supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, as many say it will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If it does, the case could result in a landmark decision on whether people in the United States are allowed to marry people of the same sex.

Same-sex marriage is legal in five U.S. states and in the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey. The five states are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire.

Read the ruling in its entirety here [pdf]

Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    "If the judge is, in fact, gay, shouldn't he have had the integrity to recuse himself from this case?"

    And yet men rule and make rules regarding abortion issues everyday.

    August 12, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. gt

    wow... so many non believers,,,, thats ok.. hell is not half full yet,,,,,

    August 12, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. What The Right Wing Thinks About the Constitution . . .

    1st amendment freedom to say anything about anybody is good
    1st amendment that Muslims can practice their religion is bad
    2nd amendment is good
    4th amendment (Miranda rights) is bad.
    6th amendment (jury trials) is bad (too may runaway juries- think OJ)
    10th amendment is good
    14th amendment is bad
    17th amendment is bad.

    August 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. gt

    hmmm ...lassie and larry just around the corner ?

    August 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. The constitution means what it says ...

    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    14th amendment, m-f-s!

    August 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...will of the people, will of the people, will of the people....

    yeah yeah yeah yeah, all you basta*ds will be crying "a majority cant have tyranny over a minority" when we the white folks are a minority in the US, then when your own a55 is being discriminated against, then you will raise Hell, but now that your a55 is on the bigoted side, it's easy to talk....

    ....but then again white Christian freaks are always hypocrites.

    By the way, a majority will can NOT oppress the minority, it's in the constitution, look it up, you'll need it sooner than you think....

    August 12, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Don in Calif.`

    Just wanted to point out an irony in this that everyone has overlooked:

    The proponents of prop. 8 are raising the hue and cry because, as they put it, the "will of the majority" is being over-ridden by an "activist judge". At the same time, California is broke, suffering from a chronic lack of revenue, and polls indicate that a majority of Californians would support increased taxes to fund the services they want.

    The irony is, _the same right wing types_ touting the sanctity of majority will in the prop. 8 case, have made it impossible to increase taxes in California; any such increase needs a 2/3 vote for approval. The bare 52% who voted for prop. 8 couldn't vote to add a dime to any tax, no matter how urgent the need, but they are asserted to be entitled to intrude on the most personal choices one can make? Nonsense.

    I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored, how much you trust a "majority"...

    August 12, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Glh156

    Gay marriage is not a marriage, it's only an attact on normal good christians families and it's clearly funded by the homosexual left of Hollywood ... This is an Epic Goverment fail and gone very very wrong!

    August 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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