Judge Vaughn Walker of the Northern District of California has just issued a ruling against Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Enacted by California voters, Prop 8 was a response to an earlier California Supreme Court ruling which held that gay marriage was protected by California's constitution. Prop 8 had attempted to circumvent that previous ruling by amending California's constitution to explicitly ban marriage by same-sex couples.

Judge Walker's opinion states that Proposition 8 failed to advance any rational basis to support a ban on gay marriage, and merely enshrined the idea that heterosexual marriages are superior to gay marriages -- something legally impermissible under the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Supporters of Proposition 8 have already vowed to appeal.

Judge Walker's ruling contained an injunction against Proposition 8, a move that would block enforcement of the law. However, the judge also issued a temporary stay of the injunction while he decides whether to suspend his ruling during the appeal process. Gay marriages cannot resume in California until the judge's stay is lifted.

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tychristopher76

For those of you wanting to inflict your own personal sense of judgement on those different from you, I beg of you to come together with us, we can do nothing divided. Weather you agree with our right to marriage is irrelevant, let us enjoy our lives and love freely with equality. I hope and pray we can unite and surround our society with love despite our differences of opinion. God Bless

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