Transcript for Court Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Ban Proposition 8
-- key decision in the battle over gay marriage has been struck down in California. Clearing the way for a possible Supreme Court ruling as early as next year. A federal appeals court has ruled -- too little one. That the State's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. And violates the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. The measure known as proposition eight passed with 52% of the vote in 2008. Prop -- backers have vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court. For so long gay and lesbian couples families and kids have endured discrimination. For so long our government has been the perpetrators. Of this very personal discrimination. Now with the ruling that prop eight is unconstitutional. Does the dismantling of Don't Ask Don't Tell. -- victory for marriage equality in new York and a focus internationally on gay rights as human rights. We can see over the dark -- of discrimination. We can see a place. Where freedom. And respect. Come more easily. And -- protection from harm is what our government does for us and not to us. Brick by brick these dark walls of discrimination. Are being dismantled.
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