Court cancels gay marriage ban
February 8, 2012
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional Tuesday, saying the ban “lessens the status and human dignity” of gays.
The court allowed time for proponents of the ban to file an appeal before the decision takes the force of law. Spokesmen for one such group, the Alliance Defense Fund, said an appeal would be forthcoming to the 9th Circuit’s full complement.
The justices said the ban singles out one group of people for different treatment with no particular reason. California is the only state in the Union to grant gays the right to marry, only to rescind that decision. Voters passed the initiative in 2008, and court battles have occurred since.