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August 5th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Legal battle on same-sex marriage far from over

A Prop 8 opponent holds a sign referencing attorney David Boise during a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn Prop 8 August 4, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – Supporters of same-sex marriage are overjoyed by the overturning of Proposition 8. In a 136-page decision handed down yesterday, a federal judge declared California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. While same-sex marriage supporters won this battle, legal experts point out that the war over this divisive issue in California, and across the nation, is far from over. Watch Video

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  1. Richard

    Is it true that the judge who ruled on the Prop 8 issue is himself gay?

    August 6, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  2. craine

    This is not about race this is not about superior or inferior, this has nothing to do with anything except for a minority of people who are having a hissy fit over not understanding the legal history or definition of marriage. In my world a definition is something that gives meaning to something that makes it unique in the cosmos.
    Why would anyone want to define themselves by a term which was not intended to be used in such a manner. Hell, I even have trouble with the term gay being used in society, what is so frivolous and light hearted about the love they express to be called by such a term? Mmmm...

    August 5, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  3. Scott Gould

    In the state of Alabama in the year 2000 approximately 40% of the state voted to keep an anti-interactial marraige ban on the books. Even though this law was superceded by Federal law.

    So even in the year 2000 the "Will of the people" in Alabama was close to banning interacial marriage. The reason we have a court system is to avoid the breaching of people';s rights by a simple majority.

    Prob 8 means that in CA., by a simple majority, the voters could outlaw divorce, could outlaw minorities voting, could outlaw, women from working. Any majority vote could be used to interfere with rights.

    The people opposed to gay marriage who claim that they are doing it to protect traditional marraige, don't seem to be supporting the current effort in CA. to outlaw divorce. Why not? If they really wanted to protect marriage they would be happy with this. But their real reason for opposing gay marriage is that they are bigots, pure and simple.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  4. Lou

    Nobody has a problem with the judge being gay and where the case was ruled ? Makes no sense what so ever. Clearly biased and maybe a setup. This ruling will be challenged. Judge needed to recuse himself.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This battle will last as long as same sex people are united in marriage all God fearing Christian's should boycott any church who's priest unites two people of the same sex .

    August 5, 2010 at 8:53 am |