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VOLUME 72, NUMBER 15WWW.SUFFOLKJOURNAL.NETFebruary 8, 2012
THE AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Opinion
"Simpliying and increas-ing voter regestration isa must" pg. 15
Inside the Journal
 News
"S.O.U.L.S. discusses sextracking in Boston" pg. 2
International
 
"Nigeria violates child la-
Sports
"Women's basketballlooking to make noise inGNAC playos" pg. 20
 A letter from the editor 
Dear Journal readers,In last week’s issue, we accidentally ran a profane joke sub-headline in an article about theStudent Leadership and Involvement Winter Involvement Fair. I want to sincerely apologize on
 behalf of the Journal sta and make it clear that we in no way harbor ill feelings toward SLI, norany of the sta or students that work there.
The subhead was put in as a joke that unfortunately slipped through our editing process. Wewere having trouble with that page earlier in the evening and believe that an older version madeit into the paper, but there is still no excuse for what happened.
continued on page 14
Our apologies or the headline controversy
Arts
 
"Film ourm raises track-ing awareness" pg.13
 Stargazers start new club
The newly founded Suf-folk University Dark NightsClub hosts a weekly meetingfor students interested in as-tronomy. As members of thee-board returned from study-ing abroad in Spain withRaul and Carlos de la FuenteMarcos, they reminisced onthe lectures on supermassive black holes, pulsars, quasars,Uranus, and globular clusters.
Although Suolk does not of
-fer any astronomy courses, asof last spring, students havereceived a recent break in theastrological community oncampus.“We took astronomycourses while we were inSpain and wanted to take anastronomy course once we re-turned and couldn’t. We
see DARKNIGHTS page 4
Soleil Barros
Journal Staf 
 McCarthy seeks 'access,excellence' for Suffolk
Photo by John Gillooly
Derek Anderson
Journal Staf 
see PRESIDENT page 3
U.S. appealscourt shootsdown Prop 8
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Craig C.
Proposition 8, a Caliornia voted-in ban on same-sexmarriage was historically overturned yesterday.
see PROP8 page 5
With a full C. Walsh The-ater and over 350 online view-ers watching a live stream,
Suolk’s new president, JamesMcCarthy, held lile back dur
-
ing his rst ocial “town hall”
meeting yesterday.“I want to emphasize
that this is the rst town hall
meeting. There will be regularmeetings like this, it will beinteresting to watch how the
aendance waxes and wanesover time,” McCarthy said in
his opening. He told the au-dience that the format will al-most always be the same – hewill talk for a while alone, and
then open the oor for ques
-tions and discussion.Over the next hour and a
PAGE 4
 
PAGE 2PAGE 3February 8, 2012
 POLICE BLOTTER
Wednesday, February 1
11:25 p.m.10 West
Report of an alcohol conscation. Reportled. Judicial internal.
11:34 p.m.10 Somerset
Report of a smell of Maruana. Reportled. Judicial internal.
 Thursday, February 2
1:40 p.m.150 Tremont
Leak in the women's bathroom (4th
oor). Report led.
Friday, February 3
9:15 a.m.150 Tremont
Conscation of false ID. Report led.
Saturday, February 4
2:23 a.m.Law School
Report of a violation of campus policy at
120 Tremont Street. Report led.
Sunday, February 5
5:40 a.m.Public
Report of larceny in the North End.
Report led.
5:29 p.m.150 Tremont
Alcohol conscation at 150 Tremont.Report led.
2:54 p.m.Ridgeway Building
Medical assist in Ridgeway building.
Report led.
Monday, February 6
2:24 p.m.Public
Report of sexual assault o campus.Boston Police Department notied.Report led.
9:40 a.m.Ridgeway
Report of suspicious activity in the
Ridgeway building. Report led.
February 8, 2012
S.O.U.L.S. hosted theirmonthly Food For Thoughtdiscussion on Wednesday,focused on sex and human
tracking in America and
abroad. Featuring guestspeakers Rebecca Merrill andAllison Duchcek, of the Bos-ton Initiative to Advance Hu-man Rights
(BITAHR),
the eventaimed toraise aware-ness and ad-vocacy forvictims ofhuman traf-
cking.
The is-sue of traf-
cking has
“a greaterneed forpublic
awareness,”Suolk ju
-nior AlexSoto, a Cam-pus Partnerships Scholar atS.O.U.L.S., said as she intro-duced the guests.
Merrill, alumni of Suolk
University Law School andexecutive director of BITAHR,shared sobering statistics andhorrifying stories of sex traf-
cking and explained how
her organization tries to help.
“Sex tracking hap
-pens right here in Boston, in
the U.S.” Merrill said. “It’s
very tangible,it could be hap-pening to some-
one you know,”
Merrill said theaverage age of
a sex tracking
victim in Massa-
chuses is only
12 years old,while nationallythe average ageis somewhere between 11 and 14 years old.Merrill described shock-ing stories of a teenage girlkidnapped at an MBTA stopwho was then trapped intoprostitution and a Northeast-ern freshman lured in by aseemingly caring older manwho forced her to work thestreets of Boston’s TheaterDistrict.Before BITAHR’s work,the laws concerning sex traf-
cking in Massachuses
placed equal blame on pimpsand prostitutes, failing to re-alize the complexities of theissue and the horrors thatyoung women are subjectedto as sex slaves.BITAHR was instrumen-tal in convincing the Massa-
chuses legislature to take ac
-tion and establish an explicit,comprehensive state law to
 ban sex tracking since thefederal law, the Tracking
Victims Protection Act, has
 been ineective.
“It was a long road tochange the minds of the leg-islature and the DA to seeyoung women as victims and
not criminals,” Merrill said.The new Massachuses law
lingered in the legislature forsix years before being passed
and put into eect in Decem
- ber 2011.And for what reason wasa common sense bill meantto protect girls held up for— budget problems.“As soon as you qualifythe girls as victims, [the state]needs to give them victim
services,” Merrill explained.
The legislature hesitated onpassing the new law becauseit meant adding another ex-penditure to the state bud-get. Merrill said the new lawremains largely untested andthat her organization “stillhas a lot of training to do on
this law”.
Allison Duchcek, a devel-opment associate at BITAHR
and a Suolk senior, Duch
-chcek described other waysin which BITAHR aims tohelp victimsof sex traf-
cking. The
organizationprovides busi-ness trainingfor recover-ing victims inorder to “em-power womenand rebuildtheir self-es-teem"She alsoexplainedhow BITAHRpromotespublic aware-ness by usingthe arts to getpeople engaged in the issue
of sex tracking victims. BI
-TAHR works with musicalartists to set up fundraiserconcerts to promote the facts
on sex tracking while rais
-ing money for their new ini-tiatives and campaigns.BITAHR also sponsors
lm forums, like the one atSuolk’s Modern Theatre last
weekend, showcasing the is-sue of sex along with human
tracking and
feature panelsincluding ex-perts and survi-vors.
The lms
are not intend-ed to be sob sto-ries that leavethe audiencedepressed, butare instead fo-cused on “em-powering people and telling
them how to get involved,”
Merrill said.Through art, skills train-ing, and legal advocacy, BI-TAHR hopes to change thelanguage of society when itcomes to dealing with thevery real, local and global,issue of human and sex traf-
cking.
Ally Thibault
Journal Staf 
 S.O.U.L.S. discusses sex 
trafcking in Boston
“ 
 Sex trafcking
happens right herein Boston, in the U.S. It’s very tangible, it could be happening tosomeone you know.” 
half, McCarthy coveredthe full spectrum, explaininghis goals, why he was at theinstitution, as well as answer-ing questions from audiencemembers.“I’ve now had four and ahalf days on the ground expe-rience, so I can elaborate onsome of the things I was going
to nd before I got here,” he
said. “I will say so far so good,no major surprises, everything
is as I expected it to be.”
From there, McCarthy re-iterated “history, mission, and
location,” the major reasonswhy he chose Suolk and why
he was drawn to the institu-tion.“[The] history of Suf-folk is critical to where we’ve been, and I’d say it is critical
to where we ought to go,” he
said. Wrapped up into it isthe mission. The mission is toprovide access to professional,higher education, to peoplewhom access had been de-
nied.”I want to say very clearly,”
McCarthy continued, “ourhistory of providing access isthe foundation upon whichthis university was built and itought to be the foundation onwhich it is built going forward.There should be no backingaway from commitment to ac-cess. Access and excellence gohand-in-hand. It’s not access
or excellence, it’s both.”
During his address tothe crowd, McCarthy statedthat many of the questionshe was asked in his initial in-terviews were most likely thesame questions everyone elsehad. Discussing his own lifeand goals, he brought a Latinphrase to the table to help ex-
plain his rst steps as the new
president: “Primum non no-
cere.”
“Formal proper transla-tion is: First, do no harm. It’swhat every doctor is supposedto learn when she or he be-gins practicing medicine. You
know there’s a dierent trans
-lation you might use for that:Don’t mess with a good thing.Don’t mess up things that areworking. It’s as important toknow what not to do as it is to
know what to do.”
With that, McCarthy ac-knowledged challenges wereahead for the university. Firstand foremost on the list was tocut the rising costs of tuition,he said.“The biggest challengeswe have can be expressed as
a series of balancing acts,” he
said. “One the one hand, ahuge challenge we face is theabsolute need to keep tuitioncosts as low as possible… we
have to keep costs in line.”On the other hand,” he
continued, “we have to pro-vide students, and faculty and
sta, with the facilities andthe resources, the nancial aid
they need to fully participate
in the Suolk education.”
All this lead back to themetaphor of a balance - one
challenge aects the other,
leaving the university to at-tempt to level itself out.McCarthy ended on alighter note, however, ex-
pressing that the diculties
the university was currentlyexperiencing were widely felt by other institutions across thecountry.“Let me assure you, we arenot the only university that’sworried about containing tu-
ition increases,” McCarthy
said. “That we’re not the onlyones struggling with balanc-ing how to provide the need-ed resources and facilities for
faculty and sta and students
with the imperative of balanc-ing our budget. These are, inlarge part, national global is-sues that confront all of higher
education.”
“We can rest assured, that
we’re not in this alone,” he
said to the full theater and on-line viewers. “We’re all in this
together.”
With that said, he men-tioned anyone who wantedto contact him could do so
 by emailing at his Suolk ad
-dress.Moving onto the ques-tions and discussions part of
the “town hall” meeting, Mc
-Carthy asked the audience for
 McCarthy ensures school's survival is not at stake
rom PRESIDENT page 1
any questions they may havefor him. Without pulling anypunches, the new presidentanswered them as straightforward as possible, addinghumor and lightheartednessto some.And the audience did not
hold back the dicult ques
-tions.
The rst question was
about the Pappas Consult-ing Group that was recently brought to university to ana-lyze and recommend changes, both major and minor, for theadministration to consider.“It’s quite likely we acceptsome of those recommenda-tions and act on them, andequally likely that we will notaccept some of those recom-mendations and not act onthem. What I can’t tell you yet
Photo by John Gillooly
“There will be faculty, staff,student participation in therecruitment of all senior leadershipat the university going forward” 
is what’s in which category.But we’ll be talking about thata lot, particularly for the stra-
tegic plan,” said McCarthy.
“What I will absolutely
commit to, absolutely…” he
stressed to the crowd, “there
will be faculty, sta, student
participation in the recruit-ment of all senior leadershipat the university going for-
ward,” he said, eliciting an
eruption of applause from theaudience.The school’s dauntingdebt was also brought up, andMcCarthy did not hesitate toaddress it, along with the re-cent Boston Globe article titled
“Ailing Suolk University gets
new president: Challengesawait NYC educator; debt,
academics among key issues.”
“So as it turns out, yes,
we have $300 million in debt,”
McCarthy said. “[but we alsohave]615-but-who’s-counting-millions of dollars in assets…and as it has been pointed out,and from my days working ona college newspaper I knowthis, the people who writeheadlines are not the peoplewho write stories. The process
of writing a headline is oen
quite separate from the pro-cess of writing a story. Look,I knew those numbers beforeI read that article. It doesn’t
 bother me.”
Valorie Epps, a profes-sor at the law school, took themicrophone and said, “Firsta comment, and I think weall feel this, it’s very easy tosee why the board of trusteespicked you. You’re obviously
very good on your feet.”
“I have to lean on a podi-
um a bit, but yes,” McCarthy
responded with a laugh.“…It’s also wonderful tosee a leader who’s cheerfuland upbeat, because I think it
 becomes a self-fullled propo
-
sition,” said Epps.
The questions and discus-sions still stayed on the seri-ous side, however, and thelong-term survival of the uni-versity regarding the recent is-sues was mentioned.“I’m not worried aboutthe long-term survival of Suf-folk University because our
history,” ensured McCarthy.
“I’m not worried about that.Which isn’t to say that wedon’t have hard choices tomake, but I think it’s all man-ageable. I wouldn’t be here if I
didn’t think that.”Students, sta, and fac
-ulty took to the new presidentwell, providing cheerful andencouraging comments oncethe forum ended.“It’s great how open and
honest he is,” said Sarah
Fraenkel, a sophomore andSGA senator. “[It’ll] be ex-citing to see what he does to
make this school beer.”
“It’s important that hemade a strong commitment to
involve the [Suolk] commu
-nity in decisions moving for-
ward,” said Jarre Wadbrook,
a senior and SGA senator.McCarthy was alsopleased with the turn out ofthe meeting.“I was impressed withhow many people were here
[and watching] online,” said
McCarthy, adding that he wasimpressed that how quickly
the rst person asked a ques
-tion. “People didn’t shy away
from asking tough questions.”
McCarthy closed thediscussion with another re-minder of his willingness to
communicate with the Suolk
community, encouraging au-dience members to email himquestions that time did not al-low to be asked.“Remember, if you didn’talready remember, you have
my email address,” he said.“It’s jmccarthy@suolk.edu.”
 
PAGE 4PAGE 5February 8, 2012
news BRIEFS 
Hacker group Anonymous protested the police bru-tality events involved with Occupy Boston by hacking the
Boston Police Department (BPD) website (BPDNesa.com)
last Friday. The website, typically listing police reports andnews, was redesigned to embed KRS-ONE's "Sound of DaPolice" music video over a black background with red textreminiscing the raiding of Occupy camps and kicking pro-
testers o public parks. Three days later, the website is still
down. Anonymous hacked the site back in October to re-venge the hundreds of protester arrests in Dewey Square,
resulting in the release of ocer's private information and
passwords. An article on BostonHerald.com suggests thehacker group is "likely to strike again."
 Anonymous hacks Boston PD
 Record number of dolphinswash up on Cape Cod shores
 Komen for the Cure VP resigned 
In just one month’s time, almost 130 dolphins havestranded themselves on the shores of Cape Cod, tripling theannual average. Katie Moore, a manager of marine mammalrescue and research for the International Fund for AnimalWelfare, told the Boston Globe that the standings representthe largest single-species stranding on record for the north-eastern United States.Out of the 129 dolphins stranded, the IFAW has beenable to successfully release 37 of them, while 92 others havedied. Rescuers of the mammals are unsure of the cause (or
lack thereof) and the sheer numbers of dolphins stranding.
Moore told the Globe that weather could be the root cause,
saying “If we have dierent weather paerns, we couldhave a distribution of prey.” The IFAW research and rescue
manager also went onto say that the hook shape of the Capecontributes to the danger for dolphins as well as other ma-rine mammals.Karen Handel, Vice president to the Susan G. Komenfor the Cure resigned Tuesday, saying the breast cancercharity should have stood by its politically explosive de-cision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, accordingto the Globe. Handel opposed abortion as a candidatefor Georgia governor, claiming she was actively engaged
in eorts to cut the grants and said the charity’s reversal
hurt the Cure’s mission according to reports by the Bos-ton Globe. The grants, totaling $680,000 last year, went to
 breast-screening services oered by Planned Parenthood,
which provides a range of women's health care servicesincluding abortions. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, re-
versed course aer its decision ignited a three-day storm
of criticism. According to an anonymous source, whospoke to the Globe on condition of anonymity for fear ofrepercussions, claimed a driving force behind the movewas Handel, who was hired by Komen last year as vice
president for public policy aer losing a campaign for
governor in Georgia.
February 8, 2012
On Thursday, it was an-nounced that developer Mil-lennium Partners had pur-chased a 50 percent stake inthe One Franklin project inBoston’s Downtown Crossingneighborhood. One Frank-lin is the name of the projectwhich resulted in the demo-lition of the historic Filene’s
 building and le a crater in
the ground for years. It hassince been considered one ofthe largest development blun-ders in the city’s history andhas been Menino’s top devel-
opment priority for geing
 back on track.In 2006, the Filene’s build-ing was vacated following amerger between Filene’s andMacy’s, and the subsequentconsolidation of stores. NewYork-based developer Vor-nado Realty proposed a $750million, 500-foot tower onthe site which was approved by the city. The project wasto contain a mix of retail, of-
ces, and residential units.
The demolition process beganand was completed in No-vember 2008 when the projectcame to a halt amidst a globaleconomic recession. VornadoRealty could not secure anyloans to move forward withconstruction and claimedthey did not have the fundingon hand to proceed.The already troubledDowntown Crossing neigh-
 borhood was le wounded as
vacancies became more com-mon and crime rose. StevenRoth, chairman of VornadoRealty, then made commentsat a public talk in New Yorkwhich stated that a good tac-tic would be to let properties become a blight to a city in
order to receive more nan
-cial incentives from local andfederal agencies. Appalled byRoth’s statements, Meninoquickly threatened to seize tothe property through eminentdomain. Eventually, the city
revoked permiing for the
site and ordered Vornado toput it up for sale.“Millennium Partnersagreed to take a controllingstake in the developmentproject at One Franklin -- the
Filene’s site,” Menino said on
Thursday, according to the
Boston Herald
. MillenniumPartners is best known in Bos-ton for their Millennium Placetowers, completed in 2001
A.P. Blake
Journal Staf 
 Suffolk shows interest in One Franklin
 
and host to the Ritz-Carltonhotel. The developer is alsoproceeding with construc-tion of Hayward Place, acrossWashington Street from theParamount Theatre. This
statement comes a week aer
the Boston Herald said Suf-folk was interested in Filene’s.The proposal under thedirection of Millennium Part-ners still includes a vibrant
mix of retail, oces, and resi
-dential, but is being proposedat 600 feet -- 100 feet tallerthan Vornado’s proposal. The
rm is also envisioning the
tower itself to be thinner, andhas rehired Handel architects,designers of Hayward Place,Gary Handel, to design theirnew proposal.“The downtown is goingto be transformed as this andother buildings open in the
area,” an anonymous city of
-
cial told the Boston Globe.
Millennium Partners has 60days to submit a revised de-velopment plan to the BostonRedevelopment Authority.
The developer and city o
-cials alike hope for construc-tion to break ground within ayear.wanted to have an ama-teur astronomy club wherewe could all gather together
and talk about astronomy,”
said president Hannah Stein.
“It’s dierent when you’re
in a dome and part of the ar-chitecture while in an obser-
vatory,” she added.
Last spring, members ofSU Dark Nights proposed theidea as a new organization to
Suolk’s Student Leadershipand Involvement (SLI) Of
-
ce, and were approved with
enough time to plan aheadfor the 2011-2012 school year.Students involved in the club
aend public observatorieseach week, share dierent
documentaries on space anddiscuss new breakthroughs inthe astrological society.While in Spain, the stu-dents involved in the coursetraveled to the Canary Islandsto view the second largest ob-servatory in existence.“I’ve been twice. It’s actu-ally one of the most incred-
 SU Dark Nights make space moves
Photo courtesy of SU Dark Nights
Most undergraduate stu-dents living on campus at
Suolk are probably aware of
the scrambled eggs and om-elets served at the 150 Trem-ont and Miller dining halls asan option for breakfast. Butmost aren’t aware that So-
dexo, Suolk’s dining service,
obtains their eggs from cagedchickens.The issue has not gone un-noticed, thanks to senior Kris-tin Alvarez and junior Caro-
line Mcheey among others.
These students have brought
aention to the budding issue
due to their actions. To con-
sider the switch from baery
cage eggs to using eggs fromnon-caged chickens, Sodexodemanded support from thestudents. First, they pitcheda presentation concerningthe inhumane practices thechickens undergo to the Stu-dent Government Association
 Suffolk students egg Sodexo on
(SGA). Alvarez and Mchey
then collected 500 student sig-natures garnered to increasetheir stance—an amount ofstudents no other group hasparalleled to support a mat-ter. In addition, Alvarez got
groups such as Suolk Free
Radio and the Environmental
Club to support their eorts.Aer draing a bill that
would later be proposed toSodexo, senior and SGA sena-
tor-at-large Jarre Wadbrook
took hold of the preliminary
statement wrien by SGA
members including SenatorsWilliam Cerullo, Vito Gal-lo, Natalie Breen and RileySweeney. It was Wadbrook
who nalized the bill and sent
it in to SGA for approval inNovember 2011. The bill waspassed by the SGA and sub-sequently brought to Sodexo.
“It will be beer o for
Sodexo to change over and
shy away from baery-caged
eggs because it’s good for aschool to take in students’opinions and not to supportinhumane treatment of ani-
mals,” said Wadbrook.
Being a vegetarian for athird year due to oppositionof animal cruelty is the reasonWadbrook follows throughwith the completion of the bill.Involving taking actionwith The Humane League, aPhiladelphia-based organi-zation supporting animals’rights has opened a Boston
oce, to support the idea
against the purchase of bat-tery cage eggs fully develop-
ing at Suolk with the help
of SGA. The Humane Leagueeventually presented itself tothe Sodexo team. While the jury is still out, it is hopefulthat Sodexo will switch overto using eggs from non-cagedchickens in the near future.Perhaps the largest obstacle toreaching a decision is the in-crease in tuition costs. WhileSodexo is calculating exactcosts, estimations range that
Michelle Lim
Journal Staf 
the meal plan will increaseabout $6 to $7. Meanwhile, onaverage, meal plans at selectuniversities can increase upto $75 yearly for no particu-lar reason. More importantly,health risks are highly associ-
ated with baery cage eggs.Mcheey, also a
vegetarian for overthree years andpassionate aboutanimals, strongly
aests to Sodexo
discontinuingthe purchase
of baery cage
eggs.“It’s a verysmall switchthat changesquite a bit fornot only ani-mals, but humanhealth, the envi-ronment, and worker
conditions,” she said of themaer.
Although there is no ex-act date set, students hopethat Sodexo agrees with thestudents who feel stronglyagainst these practices andthat the eggs for breakfastnext year come from cage-freechickens.ible experiences I’ve everhad. I learned so much in aweek’s time; professors Rauland Carlos de la Fuente Mar-cos really promote everyone
learning,” said Vice President
Natalie Favati.The SU Dark Nights meetevery Tuesday during activityhour, when they host weeklylessons based on what sparksthe interest of the members in
aendance. Last week’s topic
was focused on black holes. Inthe past, the club has present-ed guest speaker Jay Bernal, astudent physics major to give
a presentation on anti maer.
“There isn’t a class hereand we can’t envelop it in anacademic way, through a classwe decide to get together this
way,” says Stein.
With much self-promo-
tion, the club’s rst meetingaracted 20-25 students. Pres
-ently there are 12-15 devotedmembers part of the star-lov-ing club.“I hope to take chargenext year and continue theclub while recruiting moremembers. We are making
space moves,” said Treasurer
Pat O’ Brian. “I enjoy beingable to work with people whoare really interested in astrol-ogy, and make it more appeal-ing to people who may havenot known anything about
astrology before.”
“There isn’t a classhere and we can’t envelop it in an aca-demic way, through aclass we decide to get together this way.” 
rom DARKNIGHTS page 1
O’Brian is the only mem- ber of the club’s e-board whowill be returning to the uni-versity next year.Members spend time to-gether outside of the weeklymeetings, especially at events.Past events have included board game ‘Challenge theZodiac’, Astro Jepordy andsnacking on Space Pizza.Future events the SU DarkNights Club is planning tohost include a rocket-buildingcontest, a space party hostedat Harvard University andBoston University, an adven-ture to visit the Planetarium,and a star-gazing trip to Suf-folk’s 75-acre lot in Maine.The group also shares “Astro
facts” from their Facebookand Twier account.
 Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional 
California's voter-ap-proved ban on same-sex mar-riage was ruled unconstitu-tional yesterday by the NinthU.S. Circuit Court of Appealsin San Fransisco, according toan article from the
San Fran-sisco Gate
.The 2-1 ruling marked
the rst time a federal appel
-late court has overturned a
state law dening marriage
 between one man and one
Je Fish
Journal Staf 
woman, said the
Gate.
Gay rights supportersgathers in San Fransisco,among other areas, to cel-ebrate the overturning of theresult of the 2008 ballot ini-tiative that made it illegal inCalifornia for homosexualcouples to marry."Proposition 8 serves no
purpose, and has no eect,
other than to lessen the statusand human dignity of gaysand lesbians in California,
and to ocially reclassify re
-lationships and families as
"Proposition 8 serves no purpose,... other than to lessen the statusand human dignity of gays and lesbians ..." 
inferior to those of oppositesex couples," said Judge Ste-phen Reinhardt in the major-ity opinion, according to the
Gate
.Although the court ruledProposition 8 unconstitution-al, the ban in California re-
mains in eect while the case
makes its way to the SupremeCourt., according to the
Gate.
Even if the SupremeCourt does take the case, itcould strike down Prop 8, butnot rule on gay marriage as awhole, said the
Gate
.

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