West Hollywood Celebrates Appeals Court Ruling on Prop. 8

A federal appeals court strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriage. Mayor John Duran calls it 'a great day for the city of West Hollywood.'

"Yay!" escaped from Ivy Bottini's mouth at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A federal appeals court just declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

"Having worked for over 50 years, this is a moment I have never experienced," Bottini, a , told the crowd at with tears in her eyes. "I am happy for those wanting to get married. For many, it says, 'I am a human being.'"

In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld Justice Vaughn Walker’s 2010 ruling that found California’s Proposition 8 "both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation."

"It's a great day for the city of West Hollywood," said Mayor John Duran, a civil rights and criminal attorney, at a news conference. "The court's decision is really beautiful."

In March 2000, California voters approved Proposition 22, which specified that only marriages between a man and a woman would be considered valid in California. In May 2008, the California State Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 22 was unconstitutional, because it discriminated against gay and lesbian people.

The next year, the California Supreme Court made a ruling that upheld Proposition 8, and reinstated the ban on same-sex marriage in California, halting all same-sex marriages in the state.

measure in 2010. But in 2011, , because the judge was in a long-term same-sex relationship that he had not disclosed.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster," said Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Prang, "but it's getting up today, rather than a fast trip down. Hopefully this movement will continue state to state."

Scott Schmidt, a transportation commissioner with the city of West Hollywood, joined in the celebration at City Hall.

"Clearly it's been a long struggle, fought on both sides of the aisle," he told Patch after the conference. "Each victory brings us closer and widens the general public's acceptance that freedom means freedom for everyone."

ProtectMarriage, the backers of Prop. 8, can appeal to Ninth Circuit panel or go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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jimmy palmieri February 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I think it is deplorable that Bottini would stand in front of a crowd and proclaim happiness about this decision. She has been anti marriage for as long as I know her, saying marriage was an institution that enslaved women to men, making them nothing more than chattel. When I wanted this to pass several years ago, she literally looked at me at a lesbian and gay advisory board meeting, pointed her finger directly at me, and said "I know you want to marry your partner legally, but it's not going to happen." She has spoken against marriage, held forms via LGAB to discuss marriage making us "assimiliate" and the rest. For whatever good she has done, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING SHE CAN STAND UP AND TAKE ANY CREDIT OR FEIGN SUPPORT OF. Having her speak at all to anyone about her happiness about the overturning of prop 8 shows her ego supercedes her beliefs. This was a direct slap in the face to those of us who walked miles, spoke out loud, and turned a deaf and sad ear to her rhetoric against the institution of marriage. She should have been the last person speaking out about this issue. ...........WERD!
eyes open February 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I wonder about Mr Duran's comment: "It's a great day for the city of West Hollywood." Isn't the court's decision a great day for equal rights, for gay men and women who want to get married? I think Mr Schmidt had the best quote in the article: "freedom means freedom for everyone."
Brian Hamilton February 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Of course it's a great day for all "gay men and women who want to get married." However, Mr. Duran speaks "for the city of West Hollywood" as a member of the City Council. I find his phraseology quite appropriate.
jimmy palmieri February 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM


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