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Chad W. Lutz

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – A Federal Judge overturned California’s state ban on Same-Sex Marriage yesterday, making it legal for members of the same sex to marry once a stay on the issue has been lifted. The issue now makes its way to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the measure will either gain momentum or legally dissolve.

The ruling is in response to the 2008 legislation “Proposition 8” that banned the wedding of couples of the same sex in California. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down the proposition, saying that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution. The temporary stay, expected to be lifted on the 18th of this month.

Proposition 8 was passed in November of 2008 in California amidst a Gail storm of controversy by a majority 52% of voters defining “Marriage” as being between a man and a woman. In 2004, Ohio voters banned Same-Sex Marriage by a 62% majority. George W. Bush was elected for his second term as President of the United States that same election.