U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down California Gay-Marriage Ban

A panel of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the most overturned court in the country, has ruled 2-1 that a voter-approved law banning gay marriage in California is unconstitutional, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

The 2008 ballot measure, known as Proposition 8, that limited marriage to one man and one woman passed after a hotly contested election in which churches played a key role, particularly the Mormon Church. The architects of Proposition 8 pledge to appeal, according to the Times.

The ruling was narrow and likely to be limited to California, the Times is reporting. Still, the issue is likely to go before the Supreme Court, possibly as early as 2013 -- potentially the first year of the administration of the first Mormon president of the United States.

For an interesting take on the ruling, see Ed Whelan's National Review analysis here.

For a different interpretation, see the Wall Street Joural's James Taranto here.
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