US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday that California's Proposition 8 violated the federal constitution. Ruling in the landmark Perry vs. Schwarzenegger case, Walker wrote "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license."
Walker continued "Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."
The LA Times provides a list of some other significant quotes from the ruling itself.
Lisa Leff from AP goes into detail about Judge Walker's ruling, the arguments it makes, and what it means for marriage equality.
San Francisco's ABC7 provided in-depth on-air analysis from legal expert Dean Johnson, and has a slide show of images from the celebration outside the courthouse.
CNN's iReporters also sounded off on the issue.
The Editorial Board of the San Jose Mercury News published a piece titled "In Prop. 8 ruling, facts win out over fear-mongering."
Bay City News / NBC Bay Area focused on the plans for celebrations in San Francisco's Castro District
And the blog Celebuzz focused on the twitter reactions of stars, including Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) who tweeted: "This just in: Equality won!" and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (@schwarzenegger) who, while technically the defendant in the case, refused to defend Proposition 8 in court. He wrote: "This decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves"
We'll keep you updated on the expected new wave of media coverage over the next week.