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News broke early Tuesday afternoon that the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of
Appeals has upheld an earlier court's ruling that California's Propostion 8,
which banned same-sex marriage in the state after it had been legalized, is
The news first came out on gay news sites such as
Towleroad before hitting every major media website.
the state's largest gay rights organization, had a response within minutes.
"The inexorable march to full marriage equality achieved a significant
milestone with the historic ruling that Proposition 8 violates the U.S.
Constitution," EI's statement read. "The court’s gratifying decision makes a
clear statement that marriage equality is a fundamental freedom." The
organization also called on lawmakers to take Illinois' civil union laws to the
next step to full marriage.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
celebrated the ruling and called on Congress to repeal DOMA.
decision affirms what we all know to be true – our Constitution protects the
basic civil rights of all Americans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese on the
groups website. "Proposition 8 does nothing to strengthen or protect any
marriage. Instead, it singles out thousands of loving California families for
different treatment, simply because they are gay and lesbian couples. We applaud
the Ninth Circuit for recognizing that our Constitution cannot tolerate such
The Huffington Post reported that the ruling stated: "Although
the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be
desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the
passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently. There was
no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted."
newspaper also reported that Love Honor Cherish, a gay rights group based in Los
Angeles, is planning to start gathering signatures for a November ballot
initiative asking voters to repeal Proposition 8.