In a 136-page ruling, Judge Vaughn Walker has declared Proposition 8, the measure banning same-sex marriage in California, unconstitutional under both the due-process and equal-protection clauses.
Says the ruling:
“Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of judgment permanently enjoining its enforcement; prohibiting the official defendants from applying or enforcing Proposition 8 and directing the official defendants that all persons under their control or supervision shall not apply or enforce Proposition 8.”
This is only the beginning, folks; the supporters of the ban filed papers to appeal the ruling before it was even handed down. But for right now, this moment, this is very good news.
Ironically, I’m writing this from a country where same-sex marriage and equality have been the law of the land for years.