Court blocks Prop. 8 in California

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

February 7, 2012 1:45:45 PM PST
The U.S. Supreme Court. That's where California's same-sex marriage ban is now likely headed, after a federal appeals court declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional.

The referendum prohibited gay marriage - and came about after California had implemented a same-sex marriage law.

Now, those who backed Prop. 8 will head to the nation's highest court. It's a big deal.

Meanwhile, the same-sex marriage debate comes to New Jersey next Monday, when the full State Senate votes on a marriage equality bill - and again a week from Thursday, when the Assembly votes.

Public support for same-sex marriage among Americans reached a majority for the first time ever earlier this year. It's a contentious issue - much like abortion - and there are many who believe that the debate should be couched in the simplest of terms: If you don't believe in same-sex marriage, then you shouldn't marry someone of the same sex. We'll have the latest on the ruling, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll recap a remarkable day of celebration in Lower Manhattan and in New Jersey for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Up to a million people lining the streets as the players made their way in a parade up the Canyon of Heroes, and then on to City Hall, where Mayor Bloomberg gave them the key to the City.

Eyewitness News has learned that the key actually opens nothing. (Kidding. Kidding.)

We're also following developments in the political brouhaha at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation, where the VP of policy, who reportedly started the stop-funding-Planned-Parenthood controversy, has resigned - and she's furious.

And Michelle Charlesworth takes a look at one man's attempt to solve an age-old problem for married folk: differences of opinion about money. The solution? Well, that's the story, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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