02.07.124:41 PM ET

Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: Full Coverage (PHOTOS)

California’s ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, inflaming a hot-button issue and setting up a Supreme Court showdown. See full coverage.

A federal appeals court has ruled that California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, setting up a showdown in the Supreme Court. The state instituted the ban after voters narrowly passed Proposition 8 in 2008. But Tuesday's panel affirmed by a 2–1 vote that a lower-court judge was correct when he said the referendum violated the U.S. Constitution. Supporters of Proposition 8 had tried to throw out U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that the ban was unconstitutional on the grounds that he had failed to disclose his sexual orientation. In a separate ruling Tuesday, the appeals court refused to set aside Walker’s decision.

David Jefferson on His Four Gay Marriages and a Legal Victory Against Prop 8
By David Jefferson

As the debate over gay marriage rages, David Jefferson on how he’s come to treasure his wedding less as a victory for equal rights, and more like a human right of passage.



Civil-Rights Victory
By John Avlon

Coming just one month into the GOP primary calendar, the court’s Proposition 8 overruling is all but certain to open up another front on the culture wars. But don’t let that detract from the momentous victory for gay marriage.



Celebrity Reactions
By Brian Ries