Thursday, August 5, 2010

California Marriage Protection Act -Proposition 8 - #2009 - Landmark: Judge Overturns California Gay Marriage Ban - Baptist Press

A federal judge Wednesday handed down a landmark decision that could impact religious freedom and lead to the reversal of traditional marriage laws in every state, striking down California's voter-approved constitutional amendment that banned "gay marriage" and ruling it violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection and due process clauses. It is the first ruling of its kind and is certain to be appealed to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, typically viewed as one of the nation's most liberal courts. From there, the Supreme Court would be the next stop. If the nation's highest court upholds the decision it likely would result in the reversal of constitutional amendments and statutes in 45 states defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Only five states and the District of Columbia currently recognize "marriage" between homosexuals.

Already, some are warning the decision, if upheld, could become the Roe v. Wade of "gay marriage."  Read more...........

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