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Judge Overturns California Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - A federal judge in San Francisco has overturned California's same-sex marriage ban. The decision in the landmark ruling came in the case of two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban, called Proposition 8, violated their civil rights. The ban was approved by voters in November 2008, five months after California's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

 

 

Judge Vaughn Walker, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, said in his ruling that the ban "fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license." Walker's 136-page ruling lays out in precise detail why the ban does not pass constitutional muster.

Even before the ruling, both sides in the debate said they would appeal a losing decision.

 

 

 

 

 

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