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Same-sex marriage supporters and members of Love Honor Cherish and West Hollywood officials march through West Hollywood in celebration of Tuesday's appellate panel ruling striking down Proposition 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben

Ted Ragsdale of Dana Point waves a rainbow/ gay pride flag as he cheers on a speaker and members of Love Honor Cherish and West Hollywood officials at a rally and march celebrating Tuesday's appellate panel ruling striking down Proposition 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Tom Demille of West Hollywood waves his sign as he joins members of Love Honor Cherish and West Hollywood officials at a rally and march celebrating Tuesday's appellate panel ruling striking down Proposition 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Lori Campbell, left, kisses her partner Maja Roble, who is holding a rainbow/gay pride flag as they join members of Love Honor Cherish and West Hollywood officials at a rally and march celebrating Tuesday's appellate panel ruling striking down Proposition 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

John Lewis, center left, and others cheer as Molly McKay reads the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The crowd gathered in front of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Honda / Contra Costa Times

Gay activists Ivy Bottini, left, and Dottie Wine hold each other during a news conference after a federal appeals court struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Same-sex couple Frank Capley-Alfano, left, and Joe Capley-Alfano celebrate the federal appeals court ruling on Prop. 8 outside of San Francisco City Hall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Gay activist Ivy Bottini receives a hug from Rick Watts after taking part in a news conference in response to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling striking down Prop. 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mayor John J. Duran shares a laugh with activists Shawn Mimbs, center, and James Duke after a news conference held in response the federal appeals court decision on Prop. 8

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Opponents of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, celebrate Tuesday outside the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit ruled that the measure was unconstitutional.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Opponents of Proposition 8 celebrate in San Francisco on Tuesday after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the voter-approved Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Bob Sodervick demonstrates outside the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco before Tuesday's ruling was announced.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Opponents of Proposition 8 demonstrate outside the courthouse in San Francisco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Attorney Charles J. Cooper makes an impassioned plea during oral arguments in December. Cooper said a judge's ruling to invalidate Proposition 8 should be overturned because he didn't disclose that he was a gay man in a long-term committed relationship. Prop. 8 banned gay marriage in California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

In December, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Randy Smith, right, listens along with Judge Stephen Reinhardt, center, and senior Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, left, to motions on appeal regarding Proposition 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Attorneys defending Proposition 8 look over their notes minutes before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals begins a hearing in December on a judge's decision to overturn the law that forbids gay marriage in California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8 have vowed to appeal.

The ruling was narrow and likely to be limited to California. It also sets up the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on same-sex  marriage as early as next year.

Read post: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules

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1 Comment

  1. February 7, 2012, 10:43 am

    Anyone with a brain could see it was unconstitutional. And then you have Conservatives.

    By: tuest

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