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Federal appeals court rules California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional

Catholic World News - February 07, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled that California's Proposition 8, a statewide initiative approved by voters to preserve the traditional definition of marriage, is unconstitutional.

The ruling, released on February 7 in a split decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, upheld a similar ruling by a lower court. Supporters of Proposition 8, who had acknowledged that they expected an adverse ruling from the 9th Circuit, plan to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 08, 2012 7:46 AM ET USA

    California law allows its Constitution to be amended by ballot question. Therefore, the approved Proposition 8 amended California's constitution and is now part of its text. How then can it be unconstitutional? Apparently, liberal judges will violate both logic and the law they claim to uphold, simply to get their own way. Effectively, we live under a dictatorship.

  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 07, 2012 8:35 PM ET USA

    It is indeed the "Ninth Circus." The animals are not all in the zoo!

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