Gay couples in San Francisco got some bad news on Tuesday when a U.S. 9th circuit court of appeals declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to “lessen the status and human dignity” of gays. The three judge panel gave gay marriage opponents the opportunity to appeal their decision before ordering the state to allow gay couples to continue getting married.
Proposition 8, also know as Prop 8, was voted in by citizens of San Francisco in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote. The judges said the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional because it singled out a minority group for disparate treatment for no compelling reason. The lone dissenting judge insisted that the ban could help ensure that children are raised by married, opposite-sex parents.
Six states allow gay couples to wed; Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia. California, as the nation’s most heavly populated state and home to more than 98,000 same-sex couples, would be the gay rights movement’s biggest win. I guess sign-ups to eHarmony.com are going to skyrocket now that those couples can legally get married, should the relationship get that far.