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On Wednesday, a federal judge struck down California's Proposition 8, which banned marriage between gay couples. The ruling overturns the ballot measure that 7 million Californians supported. Melissa Block hears from California residents, who weigh in about public opinion in the state being overturned.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

A day after a federal judge overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage, the ruling is still sinking in. Judge Vaughn Walker declared Proposition 8 - passed by voters in 2008 - unconstitutional. In his ruling, Judge Walker wrote that California has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions. Here's what some Californians had to say today about the decision.

Ms. PAT PUSHEL(ph): Well, I have to go with my religion, and I don't agree with it. I mean, when the voters voted for it and now one person can overturn it, I don't necessarily agree with that either.

Ms. ANNE RODMAN(ph): Now, I have no problem with gays getting married and paying bills and, you know, going to (unintelligible) do counseling just like everybody else. I think it should be legal.

Mr. JIMMY WOODS(ph): Yeah, I mean, if a federal judge is going to be coming in and, you know, making a decision like this, I think it should become a federal law.

Mr. JOHN BARBA(ph): I have no problem with gay people getting married, but I'd rather they call it something other than marriage.

Ms. CLAUDIA JACKSON(ph): All of this, the vote was so against it, and they're just ignoring it. So this is what's so sad. So here we go again.

BLOCK: That was Pat Pushel of Bakersfield, Anne Rodman of Culver City, Jimmy Woods of Orange County, and John Barba and Claudia Jackson are both from San Diego.

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