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Prop 8 victory, but stayed

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday that California’s ballot measure banning same-sex marriage violates the federal constitution’s guarantees to equal protection and due process of law. A few minutes after issuing the decision, Walker also issued a temporary stay of its impact and directed attorneys challenging the initiative to respond to request by August 6.

The 136-page decision, which has been much anticipated by both sides of the same-sex marriage debate, says supporters of Proposition 8 failed to establish any rational or legitimate reason for prohibiting same-sex couples from having marriage licenses.

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Breaking: Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional

Proposition 8, the ballot measure that halted same-sex marriage in California, is unconstitutional, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled this afternoon.

Here is the conclusion of the 135-page ruling:

Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.  Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

The case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is expected to be appealed and eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court. A stay on marriages has been issued as the case continues through the appeals process.

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Prop 8 ruling expected Wednesday

A San Francisco federal judge is expected to rule Wednesday on the long-awaited Proposition 8 trial that will determine if gay marriage is legal in California. Atlanta LGBT groups plan to gather in Midtown to either celebrate or protest the decision.

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Obama AIDS strategy targets gay, bisexual men

A long-awaited National HIV/AIDS Strategy document the White House released July 14 calls for devoting more funds and attention to HIV prevention programs that target four high-risk population groups, especially gay and bisexual men.

The 45-page strategy document that took 15 months to prepare says state and federal AIDS prevention programs have so far failed to adequately target gay and bisexual men and transgender people.