Same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

CREATED Feb 7, 2012

Reporter: Corinne Hautala

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- A federal appeals court has declared California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution when he declared that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

The federal appeals court wrote "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California."

"It’s wonderful and I wasn't surprised, because it makes sense," said Sal Risinger, who married her longtime partner in 2008.

9OYS asked Risinger if she thought she’d ever see the day when gay marriage will be recognized in all 50 states. "Yes," she excitedly answered, "We're steadily moving forward."

Michael Mohr, with Catholics United for Faith Incorporated, supports Proposition 8.

"Family is a marriage between one man and one woman," he said.

Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors have said they would consider appealing to a larger panel of the court and then the U.S. Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling.