A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a California ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the Proposition 8 ballot initiative was unconstitutional, but a pending appeal of the landmark ruling could prevent gay weddings from resuming in the state any time soon. The ruling by U. District Judge Vaugh Walker, one of three openly gay federal judges in the country, gave opponents of the controversial Proposition 8 ballot a major victory. Gay couples waving rainbow and American flags outside the courthouse cheered, hugged and kissed as word of the ruling spread.
California Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
Federal judge overturns Wisconsin's gay marriage ban
The brief argues that in granting same-sex couples those rights, California has already acknowledged that gay relationships bear the same hallmarks as straight ones. In the longer term, the administration urges the justices to subject laws that discriminate on sexual orientation to more rigorous review than usual, as is the case for claims that laws discriminate on the basis of race, sex and other factors. The Supreme Court has never given gay Americans the special protection it has afforded women and minorities. If it endorses such an approach in the gay marriage cases, same-sex marriage bans around the country could be imperiled. Friend-of-the-court briefs are not legally binding. The president raised expectations that he would back a broad brief during his inauguration address on Jan.
Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban
That's the assessment of Hillary Goodridge, one of 14 people whose lawsuit led Massachusetts in to become the first state to sanction gay and lesbian marriages. Twelve years later, by a vote, the high court made it 50 states. More than , same-sex couples in the United States are married, including about , who have wed since the ruling. The Supreme Court extended workplace protections nationwide last week for the LGBTQ community, ruling that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. But the court's majority , led by conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch , did not close the door on religious exemptions, saying "other employers in other cases may raise free exercise arguments that merit careful consideration.
T he Supreme Court has yet to review any same-sex marriage cases this term, but that will soon change. Here are the broad outlines of two possible outcomes. Gay marriage is now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia, but what happens in the remaining states will depend on how the court rules.