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Same Sex Marriage Returns to Orange County Today

Beginning at 8:00 am today, for the first time since November of 2008, same sex couples may marry in Orange County. On Friday, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals removed the stay imposed on the decision of Judge Vaughn Walker declaring the ban on same sex marriage imposed by California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional.

Ninth Circuit Ruling: Prop 8 is Unconstitutional

The United States Ninth District Court of appeals ruled today that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Their ruling upholds the landmark decision by U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn A. Walker declaring that Proposition 8, the voter approved California Constitutional amendment banning same-gender marriage, is unconstitutional.

NY Times: Marriage is a Constitutional Right

The New York Times has one of the best editorials on the Proposition 8 decision from yesterday.

From the editorial: “The judge easily dismissed the idea that discrimination is permissible if a majority of voters approve it; the referendum’s outcome was “irrelevant,” he said, quoting a 1943 case, because “fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote.”

He then dismantled, brick by crumbling brick, the weak case made by supporters of Proposition 8 and laid out the facts presented in testimony. The two witnesses called by the supporters (the state having bowed out of the case) had no credibility, he said, and presented no evidence that same-sex marriage harmed society or the institution of marriage.”

Prop 8 Court Case Decision Due Tomorrow

The Associated Press is reporting that the judge presiding over the Prop 8 trial has reached a decision on whether or not California’s Proposition 8 violates the Constitutional Rights of Gays and Lesbians by denying them the right to marry. From the story: “Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker will issue his ruling Wednesday, said…

…And They Say California is Crazy?

Oh, how I miss Molly Ivins. "This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." That’s from a 2005 amendment to the Texas state constitution. It was passed by the “lege” as Molly used to refer to the state legislature. The amendment…