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L.A. Responds after Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

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Prop 8 Rally (Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist)
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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.

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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.