by Jason Stotts
In case you somehow missed it, a federal judge has ruled California’s “Prop 8” that (re)denied same-sex marriage unconstitutional and, consequently, void.
A federal judge declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, saying that no legitimate state interest justified treating gay and lesbian couples differently from others and that “moral disapproval” was not enough to save the voter-passed Proposition 8.
California “has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions,” U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said in his 136-page ruling.
The ruling was the first in the country to strike down a marriage ban on federal constitutional grounds. Previous cases have cited state constitutions. (LA Times)
While this ruling will certainly be appealed, it is great news for advocates of reason and homosexuals everywhere.
A full version of the ruling can be found here.