Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in the Perry v. Brown case holding that California’s Proposition 8, which restricted marriage in the state to different-sex couples, is unconstitutional. The appeals court also squarely rejected the argument made by Prop 8’s sponsors that the trial court judge who issued the initial decision finding Prop 8 unconstitutional should have been required to recuse himself from the case because he is gay and in a long-term relationship

Statement by Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis:

“We’re thrilled that today the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed that under our constitution, all loving couples must be allowed to marry, regardless of the gender of either partner. The state should not be in the business of policing who can marry based on gender. I’m optimistic that full equality for all our families is on the horizon.”

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