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California Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional

A soon-to-be-married couple works their way through the crowd outside City Hall in San Francisco in June 2008.
A federal appeals court in California has ruled that the state's ban on same-gender marriages is unconstitutional.

Voters in California approved the ban, known as Proposition 8, by a slim majority in November 2008 after a court overturned a law that said only a man and a woman can be legally married.

The case is now likely to end up before the Supreme Court, whose ruling will affect laws in all 50 states.

Same-sex marriage is currently only legal in seven states and Washington, D.C.

A handful of states plan to let voters decide the issue in November.
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