A U.S. Judge Found that the California Anti-Marriage Law (Prop 8) to be Unconstitutional
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8 violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the US Supreme Court.
The federal judge ruled, “Plaintiffs seek to have the state recognize their committed relationships, and plaintiffs’ relationships are consistent with the core of the history, tradition and practice of marriage in the United States.” You can read his ruling here: Prop 8 judge ruling 2010.
Judge Walker’s historic ruling relied heavily on the testimony he heard at trial. Although cameras were not allowed in the courtroom, you can watch a reenactment of the trial on YouTube based on transcripts. In it you will hear fantastic testimony from researchers such as Psychologists, Historians, and Anthropologists explaining that same-sex relationships are healthy for the couple, for their children, and for society.