Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned California’s gay marriage ban on August 4, proclaiming that Proposition 8, which passed with 52% of the vote in November 2008, is unconstitutional.
The decision is a response to lawsuits filed by two
gay couples and by the city of San Francisco who said that the law was an infringement on the rights of gay and lesbian people.
Lawyers for the religious and conservative groups who funded the Proposition 8 campaign have already filed a motion asking Judge Walker to stay his decision in anticipation of an appeal to be filed. [Update: The judge has issued the stay. Until further ruling, gay marriages are still on hold in California to prevent married couples being stuck in legal limbo during the appeals process.]
In the meantime, Hollywood is voicing their support via Twitter. “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson writes, “
Amazing news about Prop 8 in CA!” Alyssa Milano simply tweeted the hashtag “#NOH8.”
]]>Kim Kardashian tweets, “Prop 8 was struck down! This news is amazing!!!! Its about time! Congrats to everyone!” And Ellen DeGeneres (or at least the P.A. that runs her Twitter) writes, “This just in: Equality won! We’re not sure what to think about “Harold and Kumar’s” Kal Penn tweeting, “Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional! Finally, pedophiles can marry their dogs. Just kidding. Props to CA for standing up for family values for all!” We’re sure his heart was in the right place. Here are some more of Zap2it’s favorite celeb tweets: Whitney Port: “Prop 8 has officially been overturned!!! Equality for all! Go California!! Xoxoxo have Fun tonight loves” “Lost” E.P. Damon Lindelof: “Wow. The justice system kinda DOES work.” and “For those wondering what my previous tweet referred to, I just married Carlton.” Wil Wheaton: Congratulations to all my friends who can now get married again. It’s disgraceful that there’s even a question about your rights. Ricky Martin: YEAHHHHH!!!!! #PROP8UNCONSTITUTIONAL MOVING FORWARD!!!!!!!! RT please “Modern Family” E.P. Danny Zuker: “Woo Hoo! California just banned straight marriage! I’m available, ladies.” In honor of the decision, please enjoy the following video. We certainly did.