The Proposition 8 gay marriage ban in California was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. Prop 8, passed in 2008 by 52 percent of voters, limited legal marriage in California to opposite gender couples only. The ruling is considered yet another harsh blow to gay marriage opponents in California, but plans to appeal the Prop 8 ruling are already underway.
The California Supreme Court struck down a previous state-wide gay marriage ban in 2008. Gay marriage was legalized in the state, but those marriages were stopped after the state’s high court upheld Proposition 8 six months later as an acceptable amendment to the California constitution.