A federal judge struck down a California ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional late Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 4), handing a key victory to gay-rights advocates in a politically charged decision almost certain to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
The trial included testimony from experts of sociology and politics, and stemmed from a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who said that Proposition 8 denied their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. In 2008, Prop. 8 was passed by 52 percent of California voters, and nullified an earlier decision by the California Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage.
Supporters of gay marriage are planning large-scale demonstrations Wednesday evening in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Stay close to Citydesk for local reaction to the landmark ruling.