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L.A. Responds after Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional
Proposition 8 has been ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges voted 2-1 to strike down the ban on same-sex marriage.
The ruling upholds the decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010.
Proponents of Prop 8 are expected to appeal today's decision.
Officials from the City of West Hollywood will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Another press conference will be held downtown by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, reports On Top Magazine, featuring co-counsel Theodore B. Olson, AFER board president Chad Griffin, and plaintiffs Kris Perry and her partner Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and his partner Dominick Zarrillo.
Oral arguments were heard leading up to today's decision over a year ago. At the time, reports the L.A. Times, the judges seemed to be leaning towards striking Proposition 8 down.
The NOH8 Campaign, which has worked towards overturning Proposition 8, notes on their website that this decision is very likely to take the question of same-sex marriages to the Supreme Court.