In what liberals are calling a major victory for equal rights and civil liberties, yesterday District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. Observers say the ruling will be appealed, and some supporters of same-sex marriage feel that a court battle is not how to win gay rights. Conservatives have decried the ruling as judicial activism, but others, like Thomas Jefferson Street blogger Karen Finney, call it a win for American values. She writes, "...denying gay couples the right to marry, not only denies basic civil rights, liberty, and freedom, but also codifies bigotry."
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