Supreme Court dismisses Prop. 8, SF celebrates

Prop. 8 opponents march from the front of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to City Hall on Tuesday in San Francisco. The court ruled that the same-sex marriage ban violates the Constitution. Feb. 7, 2012. Photo by Andrew Lopez

Prop. 8 opponents march from the front of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to City Hall on Tuesday in San Francisco. The court ruled that the same-sex marriage ban violates the Constitution. Feb. 7, 2012. Photo by Andrew Lopez

The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage went viral Wednesday morning with groundbreaking news for gay rights advocates.

The high court struck out DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), a federal law enacted in 1996 that acknowledged marriage as a union between a man and a women.

The majority of the court also declared Proposition 8, a 2008 initiative that recognized marriage as a union between only a man and a woman in the state of California, as unconstitutional, creating a historical day for gay rights supporters.

“Words cannot express how much I am thankful for this day in history,” said Taylor Renee, a criminal justice major at SF State. “Can’t wait to get legally married to the woman of my dreams!”

With DOMA struck out, same-sex couples will now be able to gain federal benefits such as immigration sponsorship and joint tax filing, according to SF Gate. However, such benefits will only be acknowledged in states that have adopted same-sex marriage.

“Now I can marry my girlfriend in states where same-sex marriage is legal. So far so good,” said Jenny Crofton a natural resources management and conservation major at SF State.

“I plan on celebrating by having an all-out dyke march bash, maybe getting a new piercing, and joining the SFSU float too,” said Crofton.

Events in celebration of equality will be taking place throughout the city, including the Castro District’s “Day of Decision” block party, which will include live music entertainment and San Francisco’s Pride Parade.

Comments are closed.