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The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.

To quote the email I received from Equality California yesterday:

This morning, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today 2-1 that Proposition 8, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

It’s a historic ruling–the first time in the nation’s history that a federal appeals court has struck down a statewide ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

The court’s unequivocal opinion affirmed arguments made by Equality California’s friend-of-the-court brief: “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. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.”

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