Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8- which legally defined marriage as between a man and a woman—violated the U.S. Constitution. You can read the ruling here and news coverage here and here.
Proposition 8 was approved nearly two years ago by voters in California who support marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The ruling comes as a major setback for traditional marriage advocates throughout the U.S. who looked to California as hope for traditional marriage protection.
The ruling was based on the opinion that Prop 8 violated the 14th amendment, which calls for equal protection and due process under the law.
While the federal Defense of Marriage Act does not recognize same-sex marriage, states have continually weighed in on the issue. North Carolina, however, has yet to offer voters the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment. For the fifth year in a row, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both chambers that would not only define marriage in North Carolina as the union between one man and one woman, but also afford North Carolinians the right to vote on their state’s definition of marriage. The legislation, however, has been blocked by opponents in committee.
Building from the momentum of the latest Prop 8 ruling, the National Organization for Marriage will be here in Raleigh for the One Man, One Woman rally this Tuesday, Aug 10. The rally hopes to highlight the urgent need for North Carolina voters to demand a NC marriage protection amendment.
While advocates for and against same-sex marriage do not know the future of marriage legislation, one thing is clear-the debate over same-sex marriage is in the news again.