Napans Rejoice as Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

Members of the city's LGBTQ community, their allies and local media gathered this morning to learn the news of the appeals court decision.

About a dozen members of Napa's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning community were joined by supporters and media reporters this morning in the community room at to await the federal appeals court ruling on Proposition 8, the voter-approved ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.

Just after 10 a.m., cheers erupted at word of the 2-1 ruling, by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that the ban is unconstitutional.

The ruling was issued in a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco by two same-sex couples in 2009.

Proposition 8 was approved by state voters in 2008. Its sponsors appealed to the 9th Circuit after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in 2010 that the measure was unconstitutional.

But while Napa residents sang "Going to the Chapel" following the news, same-sex marriages aren't resuming immediately: Today's decision can be appealed further to an expanded 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the marriage ban remains in effect until the expected appeals are settled.

For a statement from Napa County Clerk John Tuteur, please see Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Still on Hold.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Ian Stanley February 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
(Not sure if my other comment posted, so here I go again:) Thanks to VOICES Napa for generously sharing office space with our Napa LGBTQ Project, a local nonprofit program dedicated to increasing awareness, safety and inclusion for Napa County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & questioning people. For those that would like to join our celebration, meet us TONIGHT at the Oxbow, 6p and wear the color of love--red! More info, here: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtnapa Also, find our full project info at www.napaLGBTQproject.org
Louisa Hufstader February 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thanks, Ian! I will see you tonight. (Sorry if your other comment was snatched out of the ether by gremlins.I've noticed similar oddities recently myself and am sure Tech is working on a fix, meanwhile thank you for your perseverance.)
Jeanine Calvert February 08, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Oh no! This will open the door for people to marry their goldfish! The end of the world is nigh.
Yvonneteresa van Grieken June 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Ian, I am Finally becoming Aware about All the Programs going on in the NV LGBT Community! Thank You for being at the Senior Meeting at the Queen fo the Valley Community Center on June 5th, 2012. I learned alot in a very Short Time frame! Please keep me Updated on Anything that has to do with LGBT in the Napa Valley!
Sari Friedman July 01, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Love your comments, Jeanine.


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