Defending the family

Appeal of Wednesday's Marriage Ruling Should Delay Same-Sex Weddings in California

San Francisco (AP) - A judge struck down California's same-sex marriage ban as a violation of the civil rights of gay men and lesbians, but a pending appeal of the landmark ruling could prevent gay weddings from resuming in the state any time soon.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8 Wednesday, declaring that limiting marriage to a man and a woman serves no legitimate purpose and is an "artifact" rooted in "unfounded stereotypes and prejudices."

"This ruling, if allowed to stand, threatens not only Prop 8 in California but the laws in 45 other states that define marriage as one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which helped fund the 2008 campaign that led to the ban's passage.

Currently, same-sex couples can legally wed only in Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C

And as Public Advocate has pointed out in phone calls to over 1 million Americans and in e-mails to over 10 million Americans, these six jurisdictions refused to hold a referendum and ignored any real public process in imposing their attacks on traditional marriage.

More News Articles