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Court ruling in Prop. 8 case

June 5, 2012

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling that overturned Prop. 8’s ban on marriage equality. Read more here.

In February, the three-member panel ruled against California’s Prop. 8, saying it was unconstitutional and served no purpose other than to “lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians.” Prop. 8 sponsors appealed, asking a larger 9th Circuit panel to reconsider the case.

The case is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey says:

This is a wonderful victory today. All along the way, as the Prop. 8 case has made its way through the judicial process, we have had many personal and transformative conversations about why marriage matters to our families. The importance and power of this dialogue are clear, as the majority of Americans now supports marriage equality.

They are among the millions of people around the globe who agree that loving, committed same-sex couples and our families should be able to join in the celebration and responsibilities of marriage, just as so many of their family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers already do. They know that marriage equality is about strengthening families.

Doing away with Prop. 8 once and for all will be a step on this journey, as we continue to work toward the day when all families across the country are treated fairly.

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