Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court held trial in January 2010 on a lawsuit filed against Proposition 8. This law prevents marriage equality for lesbian, gay, and transgender people in California. The law, passed in November 2008, took away our rights that had been granted in May 2008 by the California Supreme Court. Judge Walker found that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional and must be struck from the law. His decision was announced on August 4, 2010. Rallies and celebrations were held all over California to mark the day. This page commemorates some of the events at the Santa Ana rally on that momentous evening.
Unfortunately, the jubilation of the Day of Decision was delayed for nearly three years, as the proponents of the hateful Prop. 8 law continued to fight to keep their personal prejudices against LGBT people enshrined in official law and doctrine. During this time the District Court's order was stayed, meaning that LGBT couples could not wed in California. This finally changed on June 26, 2013, when the Supreme Court threw out the challenge to Prop. 8. Then, just two days later, on June 28, the 9th Circuit lifted their stay and marriages resumed! Check out our celebration on that day here.
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