August 4th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Judge strikes down Calif. ban on same-sex marriage

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

We’re covering breaking news tonight out of California, where a federal judge today struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughan Walker said in his ruling: "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.”

The decision was met with strong reaction on both sides.

Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which helped bring the case against Proposition 8 said: "Any denial of freedom ... undermines the principles on which this country is founded."

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State: "This is a tremendous step forward for individual freedom and church-state separation. Aggressive and well-funded religious groups conspired to take away the civil marriage rights of same-sex couples in California. That was wrong, and I am delighted that the court has ruled the way it has."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins referred to the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in his response: "This lawsuit, should it be upheld on appeal and in the Supreme Court, would become the 'Roe v. Wade' of same-sex 'marriage."

And this, from Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America: "Marriage is not a political toy. It is too important to treat as a means for already powerful people to gain preferred status or acceptance. Marriage between one man and one woman undergirds a stable society and cannot be replaced by any other living arrangement."

A lengthy legal battle is ahead. Judge Walker granted Proposition 8 supporters a stay, essentially stopping his ruling from taking immediate effect. Many believe the case will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Tonight we’ll have the late reaction, celebration and protests underway right now in California and across the country.

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His case is fueling support in Virginia for cracking down on illegal immigrants and possibly taking a page from Arizona. Joe Johns has the details tonight.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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  1. KieraChang

    Prop 8 is the only thing that the LGBT community asked for to actually be accepted & to be some-what part of a community & they're gonna take it away from them? They're people too, you know. If you, a straight person gets to live a life you want to be why shouldn't a gay person can't? Huh? Answer that!

    August 5, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  2. Datazz

    Ok for someone that is a republican I can tell you this I was rasied By two lesbians!!! , so anyone that gives you some rash some how this is wrong, has a problem with me!!!! As A republican in this day and age truthfully this issue for me falls under beating a dead horse !! anyone In this party that supports, anything else then equality. Is a right wing freek!!! We have extremist in every form of government, What get's lost in the hipe I what we as a people want!!!!! What most fail to understand is the president did not make this problem!!! what makes this problem is our lack of bothering to care who we elect for congress!!! I don't care if Obama is black, or if he was born in the US!!! What I do care about is the lack of this country's so called elected officials in doing there job for us, instead of voting with the highest bidder, Simple thought why would you spend 20 mill of your own money to get a job that pays 500 grand a year!!!! why would some one pay 98 mill of there own money to get elected to be governor of cali!!!! simple you make 3 times that in payoffs, so wake up America 2 + 2=4 that simple

    August 5, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  3. Jack Everett

    well Anderson did it again. He prompted the guest he agreed with with questions to support his and that guest's view and allowed him to speak uninterrupted. But the guest he disagreed with was give much less time and given questions to try to support the Anderson's view. Again the most disturbing part is that Anderson mostly did not let this guest finish responses and interrupted them repeatedly. This is not journalism, it is "soap boxing". I guess I should give more creadence to 360's subtitle: news (and you do some of that) and Commentary ( you are overly biased). What is wrong with giving both sides uninterrupted time to present their commentary????
    CNN: Commentary and Not much News!!!

    Also you have links to Live chats that are closed, if the chat is closed the link should say history, not Live.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:01 am |
  4. Tamika Na Vonne Huff

    I think same sex marriage is wrong. However, it is one's decision. We must let people choose their own beliefs, religions,etc.This is America. We are feel to believe in whatever.
    There are countries where people could be jailed if they have a BIBLE in their hand.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. KC

    Why is it so difficult to grant them the same rights that most Americans enjoy? I don't think homosexuality is desirable, but at least I believe they are the same people as others. Not promoting the homosexuality and not granting them the rights they should have is a different matter.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  6. Sherry Townsend

    Here is my comment. I don't care what people do. But...marriage is for a man and a woman. If they want something that says they are together and want to have things go to their partner and have what a married (male and female) have... then get a legal and binding contract and put the rings on their fingers as a symbol. All religions states a marriage is between a man and a woman. The dictionary states a marriage is between a man and woman.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  7. Daniel Walker

    We are a nation based on the belief "In God we trust". When God decided that Adam needed a mate he did not create another man to mate with Adam. God's opinion of gay unions was displayed in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Gay activity is perversion. Period! If one is born with genitals one life role is predisposed.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm |