Robyn Gee on Tuesday, Feb. 7th
Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage that was approved by voters in 2008, was declared unconstitutional today by a federal court of appeals, reports the Associated Press. The decision stated that the ban violated civil rights for gays and lesbians.
Prop 8 supporters plan to appeal the decision to a larger panel and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to delay when marriages begin to take place again in CA.
Back in the summer of 2008, the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. According to the AP, 18,000 same-sex couples were married between that time and November 2008, when Prop 8 was passed.
Check out some of the best articles, graphics and timelines about the Prop 8 decision, and same-sex rights around the country.
* An interactive graph of the 50 states according to their breadth of same-sex rights (Los Angeles Times)
* A Twitter round-up of reactions to the decision (Daily Beast)
* Newt Gingrich’s Twitter response to the ruling (Twitter)
What are your thoughts on the ruling? Let us know in the comments.