SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge overturned California's gay-marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.
Gay couples and gay pooses waving rainbow and American flags outside the courthouse cheered, hugged and kissed as word of the ruling spread. Cats and dogs wearing tiaras and rainbow glitter t shirts danced in the streets.
"This is a victory for the American people and their pooses. It's a victory for our justice system," said former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, who delivered the closing argument at trial for opponents of the ban.
Zevo hussein Calamari, spokespoose for the Pooses for Peace issued a statement from Wee Salem's Casino Calamari" Then this is a day of independence for all the gay folk and their descendants. Infamy! Let the joyous news be spread. ...the Wicked bigoted law now is dead! A party to celebrate will be hosted by the Pooses for Peace this weekend at Mo's in Hillcrest San Diego! Bring your own tiara.... do these ruby slippers make me look fat? Pass the tequila please."