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    Prop 8 in California Ruled Unconstitutional


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dinalee captured emotional images outside San Francisco City Hall yesterday after the Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban was overturned. 'The scene outside the court was very anxious until the decision about Prop 8 was read aloud to the crowd. Then people got very happy. People are saying, 'Finally I am not going to be treated as a second class citizen,'' she said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Prop 8, which was California's ban on same sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a panel of 3 Judges from the 9th US Court of Appeals. Judge Smith dissented. The panel majority stated California voters violated the 14th Amendment of the Federal Constitution when voting in Prop 8.
    I was live-on-scene in front of the Federal Court in San Francisco when the decision was out. San Francisco is ground zero for same sex marriage, so folks are happy. Mayor Gavin Newsom may now be lauded as a hero to that issue.
    Additionally the panel majority stated that California's Proposition 8 "served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California", and it officially would have reclassified their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite sex couples."
    The panel of judges also denied the motion by Prop 8 proponents to vacate the judgement by then Chief Judge Walker because he was also gay.
    San Francisco City Attorney held a press conference inside San Francisco's City Hall to talk about the decision and what it means for Gay and Lesbian Californians. They stated that they are getting ready and changing forms, but said until the stay is lifted same sex marriage couples in California still cannot marry. They said it may take months before same sex marriage is allowed to resume in California.


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