Earlier this week, a federal appeals court struck down the infamous Proposition 8, a voter-mandated law that banned same-sex marriage in California. Judge Stephen Reinhardt concluded that Prop. 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In his decision, Reinhardt wrote that the legislation "serves no purpose, and has no effect in California, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort." His finding upheld the historic August 2010 decision of the Federal District Court that found Prop. 8 unconstitutional.