08 Feb '12, 12am

Ban on gay marriages in California - aka Proposition 8 - overturned by appeals court

SAN FRANCISCO - Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the United States Supreme Court yesterday when a federal appeals court ruled California's ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to "lessen the status and human dignity" of gays. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave opponents of gay marriage time to appeal the 2-1 decision before ordering the state to allow same-sex weddings to resume. "I'm ecstatic. I recognise that we have a ways to go yet. We may have one or two more legal steps," said Ms Jane Leyland, who was gathered with a small crowd outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco. She married her longtime partner, Terry Gilb, during the five-month window in 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in California. "But when we first got together, I would have never dreamed in a million years that we would be allowed ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120208-0000091/Ban-on...

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