You probs already know by now (after all, this is Teh Interwebz and it’s been more than an hour since the ruling was released), but Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California.
A few quick quotes about today:
from Steven Goldstein, who heads up New Jersey’s own Garden State Equality (NJ is due for a full State Senate and Assembly vote on marriage equality next week):
Today’s victory also renders Governor Christie’s call for a statewide referendum on marriage equality far less credible, as the Court of Appeals today ruled that a referendum like Proposition 8 is impermissible because it takes away the constitutional right of marriage equality.
There are tons of great responses showing up on my Facebook feed; some verbatim status updates:
from Cristina: This is awesome!!!!!!!! and also: Huge victory in California
from David: Another victory. Here is a bit from the decision. I expect this will be appealed in the Supreme Court next. “Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable,” the opinion states, “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.”
from Jessy: Damn straight. (a commenter responded to this: Or damn gay, as the case may be.)
from Matt: Good news, America!
from Alex: its days like this that makes me happy
and mine: FUCK YEAH, ALL YOU FORWARD-THINKING PEOPLE
And my favorite tweets so far about this decision: