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California’s gay-marriage ban is ruled unconstitutional.
At 10 a.m. Pacific Time, the U.S. Ninth Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional. Twitter immediately exploded with emotion following the ruling, with politicians, entertainers, and everyday citizens celebrating or lamenting the decision.
Prop 8 supporters are likely to appeal the decision to a larger Ninth Circuit panel and, if necessary, to the U.S. Supreme Court, so it could be a while before same-sex couples can get married again in California. Nevertheless, this was an important decision for same-sex couples and marriage-rights activists around the country, as evidenced by these tweets.
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David Holmes is a technology and politics reporter. His work has appeared in Fast Company, the Guardian, the Daily Beast, and Stereogum. In 2011, he wrote the acclaimed "The Fracking Song (My Water's on Fire Tonight) based on ProPublica's investigation on hydraulic fractured gas drilling.