Hundreds of people celebrate a federal court decision to overturn Proposition 8, the anti-same sex marriage act that was approved by California voters last year.Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the proposition ruling in a 136-page ruling.Walker wrote that the proposition ``both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.''The case will eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Elated lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies arrived in West Hollywood from San Francisco just hours after a federal judge overturned Proposition 8, speaking to a boisterous crowd at tiny park near Santa Monica Boulevard. Key advocates who pursued the legal fight against Prop. 8 are based in L.A. and West Hollywood, a small city
that's home to an estimated 15,000 gay residents. At the same time, just 23 miles south in Long Beach, Southern California's next-largest gay population rallied in that beachside city's Bixby Park. Read more in "Prop. 8 Ruling: Thousands Rally In West Hollywood, Long Beach."