California gay marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday found California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the Supreme Court.
The split 2-1 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals featured two Democratically appointed judges voting in favor of striking down the ban, while a Republican judge dissented.
California joined the vast majority of states in outlawing same-sex marriage in 2008, when voters passed the ban known as Proposition 8. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)