9th Circ. Rules Calif. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Law360, Los Angeles (February 7, 2012, 4:03 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, setting up a potential showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of gay marriage.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that Proposition 8, narrowly passed by voters in 2008, violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The decision affirms an August 2010 ruling by U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down the measure, saying a ban on same-sex marriage wasn't supported by any public or state interest....
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