February 7th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Appeals court rejects California's Proposition 8

San Francisco (CNN) – A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the state's Proposition 8 "works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians" by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment. Supporters of same-sex marriages cheered the decision when it was announced outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.

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Filed under: California • Gay rights
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The rights of the minority should not be decided by majority vote. Referendums are for school budgets, tax levies, etec. Referendums are not suited for civil rights issues because the minority always lose.

    February 7, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Bessy

    Yeah !! About time they got it right. BTW–I'm not gay, I just happen to know what is right and what is wrong. Discrimination cannot be allowed just because a group of people want to push their thoughts off on the rest of the country.

    February 7, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Considering the fact that one of the Plaintiff's layers in the case was Bush's former Solicitor General, that should give the Righties some puase before they weigh in.

    February 7, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |