Home' LOTL : Mar 12 Contents California's controversial Proposition 8,
which banned once-legal gay marriage in the US
state, has been ruled unconstitutional.
Judges from a federal appeals court in San
Francisco voted 2-1 to overturn Prop 8, which
was voted in by a narrow majority of 52 per cent
of Californians in 2008.
"Proposition 8 ser ves no purpose, and has no
e ect, other than to lessen the status and human
dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and
to o cially reclassify their relationships and
families as inferior to those of opposite-sex
couples," wrote US Circuit Judge Stephen
Reinhardt. " e Constitution simply does not
allow for laws of this sort."
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres welcomed
the decision on air.
"I'm sure the people who oppose it will try to
appeal it, but it's a step in the right direction. So
I'm happy," she said.
Gay marriage opponents can still force the
issue to an appeal in the Supreme Court.
Around 18,000 same-sex couples married
during the ve months it was legal in California.
Gay rights groups hope the decision will
encourage President Barack Obama to support
gay marriage. Obama says his position on the
issue is "evolving".
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e rain held o for Victoria's annual Pride
March -- but only just.
No sooner had the participants nished the
stroll down St Kilda's Fitzroy St, than the heav-
ens opened up, scattering the thousands who had
turned out to wave and cheer.
e a er-parties may have moved indoors in-
stead of owing into Catani Gardens, but march-
ers from community groups, government bodies
and political parties were given a warm reception.
Victoria Police, JOY 94.9, Yarra Trams, Safe
Schools Coalition Victoria and Geelong Les-
bian Group were among the many who joined
the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human
Rights Commission whose marchers bore Fair
go, sport! placards in recognition of their cam-
paign to eradicate homophobia from sporting
Victoria's top cop, Ken Lay could not attend
but Assistant Commissioner Emmett Dunne as-
sured the crowd police are trying to respond bet-
ter to LGBT crime victims.
"Internally we're developing a strong culture of
social inclusion and while we have a long way to
go, we've come far," Dunne said.
Representatives from the Rainbow Labor,
Liberals, Australian Sex Party and the Greens in-
cluding MP Adam Bandt joined the parade.
Kylie Minogue is heading home to be the 2012
Sydney Mardi Gras Guest of Honour, but her security
team may be on high alert after the pop darling was
threatened via Twitter. The singer, 43, tweeted that
a follower had been sending threatening messages,
and she'd reported him to the cops.
"I love 1,033,861 of you LOVERS, but 1 is not
a lover, just a deluded weirdo making threats
#andthatdoesnotmakeyouspecial SO..police alerted,''
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG)
announced it will honour Minogue in the Parade with
a spectacular oat to pay homage to her support of
the GLBTcommunity and her 25-year contribution to
the music industry.
"I am coming home for Mardi Gras this year,"
"I simply cannot wait, and it's going to be a beautiful
way to celebrate 25 years of this relationship."
This will be the third time Kylie has appeared at Mardi
Gras -- she was here in 1994 and 1998. The parade is
in Sydney on March 3. More details: www.mardigras.
Punched for a kiss
A girl, 16, was attacked on a train after she kissed her
girlfriend, a UK court was told.
Alice James, 19 is said to have assaulted the girl after
people in her group verbally abused the couple with
After the couple objected to the comments the victim
was punched and had her hair pulled and "at one point
had her head banged against the door and ended up
on the oor being kicked a number of times on the
oor" the court heard.
The victim said in her statement: "It made me scared
of being with my girlfriend."
The hearing will continue in April.
Tweet threats for Kylie
Prop 8 "unconstitutional"
Don't rain on my parade
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