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Prop. 8 ruled unconstitutional *

Federal judge Chief Vaughn Walker in San Francisco has ruled California voters' ban on same-sex marriage is invalid, according to Variety managing editor Ted Johnson and a smattering of Twitter posts from media. No one is quoting the actual ruling yet. Attorney General Jerry Brown says via Twitter: "It sounds like Prop 8 has been overturned. Waiting for the official word."

* Brown updates at 1:49 p.m.: "It's official! Great News for California! California gay marriage ban overturned!"

Noted: Judge stays the order so that the Prop. 8 side can appeal. No same-sex marriages expected during the stay.

Here's a PDF of the ruling plus selected quotes:

  • "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license."

  • "California's obligation is to treat its citizens equally."

  • "The evidence at trial regarding the campaign to pass Proposition 8 uncloaks the most likely explanation for its passage: a desire to advance the belief that opposite-sex couples are morally superior to same-sex couples. The campaign relied heavily on negative stereotypes about gays and lesbians and focused on protecting children from inchoate threats vaguely associated with gays and lesbians."

  • "Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians. The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite-sex couples."

  • "Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."
  • More Twitter reaction:

  • @GavinNewsom: The federal court has struck down Prop 8! A major victory for equal rights & for thousands of committed couples, families & friends in CA.

  • @Villaraigosa: Californians knows that marriage is a civil right, not a privilege. Love does not discriminate.
  • Also: State GOP chairman Ron Nehring says, "The California Republican Party is firm in its support of traditional marriage and looks forward to the matter being resolved in a higher court."


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