Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage in California
CREATED Feb. 6, 2012
PALM SPRINGS--The fight over same sex marriage is heating up again. A Federal Appeals Court is ready to announce its ruling on whether Proposition 8 violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to publish their opinion Tuesday morning.
It's a decision years in the making. A landmark battle over the right to same-sex marriage in California.
"In this case I am gay and I want to be able to marry my partner," said Palm Spring resident, Julio Rodriguez. "Just because some people think that it's not right but I dont see there's anything wrong. I don't offend anybody. Whatever I do in my private life doesn't affect you or his life."
A right Julio and his partner of 8 years, Frank, say doesn't hurt the people opposing it, only those who are asking for equal rights.
"It's just a basic human right and I don't think the government should be wasting all this time and energy going over it and over it and over it," said Palm Spring resident Frank Durlin. "It's a non-issue to me, but there are certain people that it's a huge issue to."
On tuesday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if Proposition 8 violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian people in California.
"Marriage equality is between two people and it's a right it's not a priviledge," said Palm Springs resident Alan Freidenrich. "I believe it would not be constitutional."
In August of 2010, the Federal District Court did find Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Prop 8 banned gay marriage in california. An opinion on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 will be published Tuesday morning.