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San Diegans React To Prop 8 Ruling

Approximately 250 marchers gathered on University Avenue in Hillcrest to celebrate the repeal of Proposition 8 on August 4, 2010.
Julien Pearce
Approximately 250 marchers gathered on University Avenue in Hillcrest to celebrate the repeal of Proposition 8 on August 4, 2010.

San Diegans had strong reactions, both pro and con, to a federal judge's ruling that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.

Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that banning same sex marriages violates the rights of gay and lesbian people to due process and equal protection.

That finding was praised by the leaders of San Diego's LGBT Community Center. The center's executive director Dolores Jacobs called today a great day for Americans who believe in equal treatment and due process.

Pastor Jim Garlow of the La Mesa's Skyline Church, however, said the judge's ruling violated the rights of Americans.

"The violation of due process is that the will of the majority of Californians has been trampled not once but now twice," he said. "And this is a very sad day for the whole notion of the consent of the governed."

Judge Walker's decision is expected to be appealed. The U.S. Supreme Court may have the final judgment over the fate of Proposition 8.

Read the ruling here.

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