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Judge overturns California Gay marriage ban

In a major victory for brought by two same-sex 52 percent of the vote in violated constitutional rights
Gay rights advocates, couples and the city of San November 2008 following to both equal protection and
Chief U.S. District Judge Francisco seeking to the most expensive due process.
Vaughn Walker on invalidate the law as an campaign on a social issue Added her wife, Portia
Wednesday struck down a unlawful infringement on in U.S. history. de Rossi, “I am ecstatic
California ban on same- the civil rights of Gay men “This just in: Equality that Proposition 8 has been
sex marriage. and Lesbians. won!” Ellen DeGeneres overturned in the state of
Walker’s decision to Proposition 8, which tweeted Wednesday upon California. This is an in-
overturn the voter- outlawed gay marriages in hearing that a federal judge credibly exciting, historical
approved ban, known as California five months after had overturned the Gay- day and a big step towards
Proposition 8, came in the state Supreme Court marriage-illegalizing equal rights for all.”
response to a lawsuit legalized them, passed with Proposition 8, ruling that it See Prop 8, E2, Col. 1

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Page E1, GLBT News UPDATE August 5, 2010

Page 2—GLBT NEWS UPDATE August 7, 2010
Prop 8—from Page E1 of this decision.”
This is And the happy couple, “Gay and Lesbian
GLBT News who tied the knot during
the brief window that Gay
couples have long struggled
for acceptance and the
UPDATE marriage was legal in 2008, ability to marry the person
aren’t the only big names they love and want to build
—both Gay and straight— a family with,” longtime
who are celebrating the Gay rights Activist Cyndi
court’s ruling. Lauper, whose True Colors
The ruling “affirms the Fund spreads awareness
full legal protections and and education about the
safeguards I believe LGBT community, said in a
everyone deserves,” statement.
California Gov. Arnold “Today’s landmark ruling
Schwarzenegger told the declaring Proposition 8
Los Angeles Times. unconstitutional is a testa-
“[Walker] heard in-depth ment to the fundamentals
arguments from both sides on which this great country
on fundamental questions was built and validates that
of due process, equal the discrimination Gay
protection and freedom couples face must come to
from discrimination. There an end...This decision is a
are strong feelings on both major step in the right
sides of this issue, and I am direction towards equality.”
glad that all viewpoints GLAD congratulated the
were respected throughout couples, the City of San
the proceedings. We should Francisco, and their legal
also recognize that there teams for successfully
will continue to be different challenging California’s
points of view in the wake Prop 8. “The decision
reminds us that the
freedom to marry is a
long-established right
belonging to all
Americans, including
Gay and Lesbian
Americans. Gay
people, like all others,
want the choice to
join in marriage
because we believe
in the values of love,
commitment, respon-
sibility and caring for
our families. While
the case goes on, we
hope people will
come to see it is
See Prop 8, E3, Col. 1
August 5, 20l0 GLBT News UPDATE—Page 3
Prop 8—from Page E2 Attorney General Jerry
really about ensuring that Brown, the Democratic
all committed couples can gubernatorial nominee, also
take care of each other released a statement. “In
through the important striking down Proposition 8,
bonds of marriage.” Judge Walker came to the
Backers of same-sex same conclusion I did when
marriage in California I declined to defend it:
immediately cheered the Proposition 8 violates the
judge’s decision to invali- equal protection guarantee
date Prop. 8. of the 14th Amendment of
“This ruling marks a the Constitution by taking
victory for loving, commit- away the right of same-sex
ted couples who want couples to marry, without a
nothing more than the same sufficient governmental
rights and security as other interest.”
families,” Rea Carey, Bishop J. Jon Bruno
executive director of the of Los Angeles is celebrat-
National Gay and Lesbian ing. The Episcopal Bishop
Task Force, said minutes offered in an official state-
after Walker’s ruling was ment. “Justice is advancing
released. “From the start, thanks to today’s ruling
this has been about basic affirming Californians’
fairness.” Ramona Ripston, constitutional right to
executive director of the marriage in faithful, same-
ACLU of Southern Califor- gender relationships.”
nia, also hailed the ruling. The Episcopal Church
“This decision affirms has been divided rather
that in America, we don’t heavily by the subject of
treat people differently homosexuality but Bishop
because of their sexual Bruno’s diocese has been
orientation,” she said in a vocally opposed to Proposi-
statement.” We rejoice at tion 8.
today’s decision but there’s Rallies were planned in
a long road ahead toward San Francisco’s Castro
establishing true marriage District as well as in West
equality for same-sex Hollywood and downtown
couples.” L.A.