California's voter-approved law barring gays from state-recognized marriage has been struck down by a federal court. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled late Wednesday to overturn Proposition 8, the initiative approved by 52 percent of Californians to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
"[Proposition 8] unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates and irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation," Vaughn wrote in his ruling. . . .
The National Organization for Marriage called Walker a biased judge and expressed outrage over the ruling. "With a stroke of his pen, Judge Walker has overruled the votes and values of 7 million Californians who voted for marriage as one man and one woman," said NOM president Brian Brown. "This ruling, if allowed to stand, threatens not only Prop 8 in California, but the laws in 45 other states that define marriage as one man and one woman.
"Never in the history of America has a federal judge ruled that there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage," he added. "The reason for this is simple – there isn’t.”