A federal judge in California has ruled that Proposition 8, which amended California's constitution to ban same-sex marriage, violates the US constitution. This is wonderful news, although it's only the first step; further appeals are likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
"After hearing extensive evidence in support of marriage equality, and essentially no defense of the discrimination wrought by Prop 8, Judge Walker reached the same conclusion we have always known to be true – the Constitution’s protections are for all Americans, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "We thank the courageous plaintiff couples, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies for their tremendous efforts leading to today’s decision and their ongoing commitment as the case moves forward on appeal. The battle for marriage equality continues, and we must all continue our work – in courthouses and statehouses, in church pews and living rooms – until equality is reality for LGBT people and our families everywhere."
This is wonderful. If the Supreme Court rules the same way, that should effectively grant marriage equality throughout the country, if I'm not missing something. (If I am, someone please point it out in comments.) But we could be just a few years from having this mess completely behind us.
Thanks to James Buchanan for the link.