August 4th, 2010
04:48 PM ET
13 years ago

California Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage overturned

(CNN) - A federal judge in California on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the voter-approved rule violated the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

The decision, issued by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco, is an initial step in what will likely be a lengthy legal fight over California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

At stake in the trial was whether California's ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitutional rights to equal protection and due process of two gay couples that want to marry.

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Updated: 5:25 p.m.

Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Orlando R.

    Amen!! i hope the right-wingers let it go!! Let gay people get married....period!

    August 4, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. need a better government

    1.) All are created equal. It's in the Constitution.
    2.) God created us all. It's in the Bible.

    Then why are we still discriminating? Who cares what Brian Brown, and the cretins from the National Organization for Marriage think. They are not God, therefore they have no clue what God thinks.

    Let's get over this debate?

    August 4, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Get Real

    This was a waste of a vote back in 2008. If you vote on something and they overturn it because enough people complain, why even bother. The crybabies win.

    August 4, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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