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San Francisco, California (CNN) — Both proponents and opponents agree that the legal battle surrounding same-sex marriage in California is far from over.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled the state’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. However, Chief U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco granted a temporary stay, which stops his decision from taking immediate effect.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples,” Walker, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Ronald Reagan, wrote in his opinion.

Supporters of Proposition 8 argued, prior to Walker’s ruling, that same-sex marriages would be performed soon after his decision and could be complicated by rulings and appeals farther down the legal road.

via Both sides agree legal battle on same-sex marriage far from over –

IllegalInAmerica says:

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Yesterday, I was able to attend the SF Prop 8 Reversal Rally at San Francisco City Hall.

Unfortunately, due to my work schedule, I was not able to partake in the actual march that happened from Castro street to City Hall.  When I arrived at City Hall with my roommate Dominic, there was a medium-large size crowd standing outside of City Hall in celebration (please see my videos and pictures below).  Everyone there seemed so impressed and happy that something had finally gone our way.  I felt proud to live in this awesome city of San Francisco during these times.

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples”  WOW!  What a statement.. something that I’ve been telling everyone and anyone who will listen.  This has nothing to do with any of the 7,000,000 plus people who feel that it is right to put their views on other people, WHEN WE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR PROTECTION AND EQUALIZATION UNDER THE LAW, just like everyone else.  Well, I hope that this is an indication that we will not back down, not from this… don’t hate, GET RID OF PROP 8!  (Yes, I just came up with that one by myself!)

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Hello everyone,

I took these pictures today at the rally, and will be adding videos of the rally tomorrow.  They aren’t much. Because I couldn’t find the cord to my camcorder, I used my cell phone, which didn’t do that bad of a job.  There were so many people out there who were so happy, and who cared so much about this… damn. 

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: – ) Wow.

(CNN) — A federal judge in California has knocked down the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling Wednesday that the state’s controversial Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker found in his ruling that the ban violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment.

The closely watched case came some two years after Californians voted to pass Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Neither opponents nor supporters of same-sex marriage said before the ruling that it would likely be the last. Both sides said the decision will be appealed and eventually wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prop. 8 supporters plan appeal before ruling.

(08-03) 19:18 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A federal court ruling on the right of same-sex couples to marry in California is scheduled to be released today – and opponents of gay and lesbian nuptials are already making plans to appeal.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco will decide whether Proposition 8, the November 2008 initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman, violated gays’ and lesbians’ right of equality under the U.S. Constitution.

After court officials on Tuesday announced plans to release the decision, Prop. 8‘s sponsors filed papers making it clear they expect to lose this round. They asked Walker, if he rules against them, to leave the ban on same-sex marriages in place while they appeal.

Lawyers for Prop. 8’s backers told the judge they are confident that any such ruling would be overturned on appeal. They said a stay would honor the will of the voters and would not harm same-sex couples, who can still register as domestic partners.

Walker presided over a nonjury trial in January, the first ever held in a federal court on the issue. The plaintiffs, two gay men from Burbank and two lesbians from Berkeley, testified that their hopes to be married were thwarted when voters overturned the May 2008 state Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

The plaintiffs’ witnesses also included researchers who said sexual orientation has no relationship to successful parenting and that marriage in the United States is an evolving institution.

The conservative religious coalition that sponsored Prop. 8 offered testimony that the male-female definition of marriage is universal and that children are better off with married, biological parents.

The city of San Francisco joined the lawsuit on the plaintiffs’ side. Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to defend Prop. 8 and said he considers it unconstitutional.

Walker’s ruling, due sometime between 1 and 3 p.m., is certain to be appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 or 2012.

A group that supports same-sex marriage has announced a march from the Castro district to City Hall, starting at 5 p.m., followed by a rally from 6:45 to 8 p.m.

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Illegal In America:

Wow, hopefully within the next few hours we will know what the Federal Judge Walker has decided.  I think it’s pretty dumb that the supporters of PROP 8 know that they will most likely get defeated, as they well should.  People who give a shit about this issue either want equal rights, or do not think that the fellow citizens living around them deserve the same rights that they do.

When this does get repealed today, this case is obviously going to continue its adventure into bigger, badder courts, but I really hope that Walker ends Prop 8, at least temporarily, now.  As you saw at the end of the article, anyone in San Francisco that wishes to walk can do so from the Castro to the San Francisco City Hall.

Let’s show them who they are dealing with and give this fight a voice!

Updated: Saturday, 17 Jul 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

Published : Saturday, 17 Jul 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Erwin de Leon got legally married to his partner, the Rev. John Beddingfield, in the District of Columbia this past April. D.C. and a handful of states now recognize same-sex unions.

But the married couple may face a dilemma in a year or two, when de Leon completes his doctorate. His student visa will then expire, and he may have to leave the U.S. for his native country, the Philippines.

“I cannot get a green card [for] staying in the U.S. because we are a same-sex couple,” explained de Leon. “Different-sex couples can get married and apply for a green card. And they’ll have it in a few months.”

Federal law does not recognize same-sex unions for immigration, taxation, or inheritance purposes. They are also no survivors benefit from social security.

Some liberal Democrats in Congress are moving to change the law, at least for immigration purposes. “Right now, too many same-sex, bi-national couples face an impossible choice: to live apart, or to break the law to be with partners, their families, and their children,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) told a news conference this week. “That’s not good for them and it’s not good for the rest of us, either.”

The group of legislators is determined to give same-sex marriages the same immigration rights that heterosexual marriages get. They are planning to add that kind of language to a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Proponents of immigration reform plan to push Congress to decide the issue before the November elections.

via Immigration Reform May Include Same-Sex Couples.

I’ve been having some discussions with some of my friends and co-workers recently regarding what would happen to same-sex couples in either debate: the right to marry, and the right to immigrate into America.

When I saw this article, the only thing that came in to my head was: “It’s about time this came out onto the table.  The main reason why I am so deeply affected by immigration rights and other civil rights issues, is because I am gay and find myself directly in this situation.  Should I be able to marry my partner, and we can both live here harmoniously with everyone else, or should we be living in fear and dread as this immigration debate rises to a national level.

What a hope.  What a dream.  I really hope that this can become an American reality in the future.