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Backers of Same-Sex Marriage Ban File Appeal Against Prop 8 Ruling

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As expected, supporters of the ban on same-sex marriage in California "have formally appealed a federal judge's ruling striking down the voter-approved law," reports the Sacramento Bee.

Yesterday, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 "violates federal equal protections and due process laws," deeming it unconstitutional. Celebrations were rampant in the state--and nation--including locally in West Hollywood, following the release of Walker's ruling, however it was clear to many close to the issue that the battle would not end immediately.

Lawyers on all sides of the conflict have said they are willing to take "the fight to a higher court if they lost." Following today's filing, the matter "will be randomly assigned to a three-judge panel. It's expected that the panel will order both sides to submit written legal arguments before scheduling a hearing."