Federal Judge: U.S. Constitution Guarantees Right to Same-Sex Marriage
6:05 PM, Aug 4, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In 2000, 61 percent of California voters supported a ballot initiative that declared: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Then, in May of 2008, four of the seven state supreme court justices ruled that this ballot initiative violated the California state constitution.
So, in November of 2008, 52.2 percent of California voters then decided to change their state's constitution, so it explicitly said: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the people of California do not have the right to ban same-sex marriage in their state constitution. Walker declared the amendment, known as Proposition 8, is not "rational," and therefore the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage:
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