Victory in Incriments

the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has found Proposition 8 unconstitutional:

Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

The ruling upheld a decision by retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down the ballot measure in 2010 after holding an unprecedented trial on the nature of sexual orientation and the history of marriage.

This is great news. Every judge whose heard this case has made the same call. The Prop 8 bigots can appeal, but the next court up the line is the Supreme Court, and they are very unlikely to overturn a previous ruling, even if the SC is chock full of hypocrites and cretins.

What’s more, this ruling sets up a precedent that could overturn all the other state bans on gay marriage. The US might finally be able to show it’s head in polite society.

Link Via Mayor Sam Adams on Twitter.