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Appeals Court Strikes Down California's Bigoted, Pointless Gay-Marriage Ban

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A federal appeals court in California decided today that Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage in the state, is unconstitutional.

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In a strongly worded decision, the court found that the law violated the Fourteenth Amendment. Judge Stephen Roy Reinhardt wrote in his opinion, "Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently. There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted." The court also said, "Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." Undeterred, anti-gay-marriage bigots plan to appeal the decision, and it could go before the Supreme Court as early as next year.

In the meantime, as Chloe Angyal points out, we are all legally required to marry someone of the same sex. That's how this works. Also, all straight married people have to get divorced, and custody of their kids will be given to their dogs. Plus if there's bad weather anywhere this week, this ruling is probably why.

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Prop. 8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules [LA Times]
Proposition 8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional [LA Times]

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I got so tired and irritated by all the Prop 8 ads that I voted opposite of the last ad I heard or saw. Which means I voted no, which was a vote for gay marriage (right, that is how Prop 8 was written? no was in support of it? I'm not ready to revisit those sites again....).

I know how to solve this, and it will never happen - the government would have to get out of the business of marriage, which puts it in the hands of the churches/temples/etc to make their own decisions on who they will marry (b-b, g-g, b-g) which, I think, they do now anyways.

I have no idea how divorces would work, which always causes that plan to implode.