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Proposition 8 Ruling Prompts Outpouring Of Political Reaction (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/ 7/2012 1:21 pm

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional and the decision prompted an outpouring of reaction from within the political community.

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The AP reports:

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge interpreted the U.S. Constitution correctly in 2010 when he declared the ban, known as Proposition 8, to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

The measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, outlawed same-sex unions just five months after they became legal in the state.

Below, a slideshow of reaction to the Prop 8 ruling.

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