Prop 8: Appeal to Overturn California Gay Marriage Ruling Shot Down; Supreme Court Battle Ahead?

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A federal appeals court ruled today that it will not review a three-judge panel's decision to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, before it was ruled unconstitutional last year. Proponents plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That would put battle for same-sex marriage on a national stage.

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The ruling comes after a federal court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says states don't have to recognize gay marriages in other states and defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes, is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court could also decide to hear that case next year.

In February, a three-judge panel in California voted 2-1 against the voter-approved gay marriage ban, upholding an earlier decision by Judge Vaughn Walker.

The panel said that by denying same-sex marriage rights, Proposition 8 violated the equal protection clause and due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The court wrote:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples."

Prop 8 supporters appealed, asking for a larger panel to review the case, and sponsors say they are eager take the matter before the Supreme Court.

However, The February decision was narrowly written and focused on the measure in California, meaning the high court may not hear the case.

Despite Prop 8 being ruled unconstitutional, and that ruling being upheld twice, same-sex couples in California will not be allowed to marry right away.

As long as Prop 8 supporters have a chance to appeal, the measure stands; If the Supreme Court won't hear the case, that would end the process.

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It starts in California doesn't it...California and New York have become rotting crap holes. It is okay for a pregnant woman to have a large Krispy Kreme donut on her way to the abortion clinic because her child is going to be female, however, she best not wash that donut down w/a Big Gulp and a Marlboro before she goes inside. But after she gets through at the clinic she can be a bridesmaid for her friend Todd at his and his partner, Dale's wedding. What's wrong with this picture?

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It is evil and ungodly it against the will of God for a man to marry a man,the judgement of GOD will fall upon all that are in guy married and their sopporter.even obama.God is not in respecter of any human being beware presdo barack obama

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The voters in California, shot it down. Why did we vote against the pervert's wishes, if it's not enforced, and they cry, and yell, "we want equal rights." Then they are allowed to adopt children. So you have 2 gay men, adopting a baby boy, or 2 lesbians, adopting a baby girl. Normal people, you really think that kid, won't be molested. If you're that out of touch with reality, I can understand, why you would want to give, Obama, a second term, as well.

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Boo hoo hoo...why do you care? How does it impact you? It doesnt so hush. Im straight and i love men, but if men like you were the norm, I'd switch teams, caveman.

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