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Proposition 8

Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in November 2008. The measure added a new provision to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The proposition overturned the California Supreme Court’s June 16, 2008, ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

On Aug. 4, 2010, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 violated both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the United States Constitution. On Feb. 7, 2012, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed the decision that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. On June 26, 2013, in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that supporters of the measure did not have the legal standing to appeal the lower court’s ruling, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. On June 28, 2013, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the district court’s ruling, and same-sex marriages resumed in California. [ Wikipedia ]

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After years of legal battles, gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Jeff Chiu, APJen Rainin, left, laughs as her wife Frances holds up their dog Punum after they were married at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4 1/2 years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the "unusual, but not unprecedented," step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge [...]

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PHOTOS: Calif. Attorney General presides over wedding of Prop 8 plaintiffs

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Perry and Sandy Steir, lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first [...]

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BREAKING: Plaintiffs in Calif. marriage case marry in San Francisco, L.A.

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 [...]

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Losers in Prop 8 case call restart of same-sex marriages a ‘disgrace’

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban say a federal appeals court decision that clears the way for gay weddings to resume is "disgraceful." [...]

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BREAKING: Prop 8 plaintiffs prepare to marry moments after ban is lifted

Friday, June 28, 2013
Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami have their marriage license and are headed to San Francisco City Hall.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. [...]

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BREAKING: U.S. appeals court in Calif. lifts hold on same-sex marriages

Friday, June 28, 2013
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. [...]

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Supreme Court rulings showcase Obama’s evolution on gay marriage

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Jose Luis Magana, APPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave prior to boarding Air Force One before departing Wednesday on a week long trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.
WASHINGTON — For Barack Obama, the Supreme Court's decisions on gay rights punctuate an evolution as president on the subject of same-sex marriage — a personal journey that has taken him from opposition to ambivalence to enthusiastic support. [...]

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More battles ahead before marriage equality becomes the law of the land

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
J. Scott Applewhite, APA gay rights activist runs out of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as rulings were handed down that impact same-sex relationships.
NEW YORK — Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage already are anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years, sensing that no other option but a broader court ruling will legalize same-sex unions in all 50 states. [...]

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ANALYSIS: What happened Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Noah Berger, APJohn Lewis, left, and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday.
Wow. No doubt about it. Today was a momentous day. The Supreme Court this morning overturned Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had required the federal government to treat legally married same-sex couples as single. The Court also held that the proponents of Proposition 8 [...]

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Five things to know about the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage in Calif.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday reopened the door to gay marriage in California. Following are five things to know about how the ruling affects same-sex couples in the state: [...]

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