As it announced it would yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court has just issued its ruling in Perry v. Brown, marriage-equality foes’ appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s original verdict in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which overturned California’s odious Proposition 8.
And the verdict is: guilty!
No, we kid. The court upheld Walker’s ruling in a 2-to-1 decision! It said, in part:
The defense fails on its merits. The People may not employ the initiative power to single out a disfavored group for unequal treatment, and strip them, without legitimate justification, of a right as important as the right to marry. Accordingly we affirm the ruling of the district court.
The Ninth Court also dismissed Prop 8 defenders’ claims that Judge Walker should have recused himself from the case because he is gay.
But the fight is far from over: With anti-marriage forces promising to appeal, the case now moves one step closer to the Supreme Court, where it could be ruled on “as early as next year.” predicts the L.A. Times.
Community rallies have been planned to celebrate the verdict in San Francisco’s Castro District, as well as in San Diego, Sacramento, L.A. and other California cities. Had things gone the other way, they probably would’ve still had the rallies—only, y’know, without the cake and balloons.