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Appeal Filed in Prop 8 Ruling

Supporters of California's gay marriage ban have filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling that struck down the law yesterday. The appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was expected, as lawyers on both sides of the legal battle repeatedly vowed to carry the fight to a higher court if they lost.

District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 violates federal equal protections and due process laws.

The outcome in the appeals court could force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether gays have a constitutional right to wed.