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Duran Calls Prop. 8 Ruling a 'Minor Setback'

West Hollywood's mayor, disappointed over the Supreme Court ruling to allow Proposition 8 supporters to defend the law, remains confident that same-sex marriage will win in the end.

Mayor John Duran believes that marriage equality will prevail despite the California Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that legally entitles sponsors of Proposition 8 to defend the same-sex marriage ban in court when the state refuses to do so.

A defeat for gay rights groups, the state high court's decision is expected to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing federal courts to decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans outside California.

"Today was a minor setback. It really was a decision on the procedure more than the substance," Duran told Patch Thursday evening, following a news conference at City Hall. "I anticipate that we will probably prevail."

Duran believes the West Hollywood community will wait to rally until a substantive ruling is made by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently hearing the Proposition 8 case.

"Given that 37 percent of our population is LGBT, whenever there is a court decision, we respond, because it affects so many of our residents," said Duran. "We've been carefully watching all of the legislation involving this."

West Hollywood was one of the first cities in the country to pass a resolution in support of same-sex marriage. From June 17 until Nov. 4, 2008, the city of West Hollywood issued more than 1,000 same-sex marriage licenses and performed more than 600 marriage ceremonies, according to a city statement.

Gay rights groups are remaining optimistic. The NOH8 Campaign is calling the decision a victory in the long run, "if only because it once again thrusts the issue of same-sex marriage into the media spotlight," the organization stated in its Thursday newsletter, "raising awareness for the ongoing fight for equal rights."

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Paul November 18, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Big deal. Marriage is an out dated institution and and all gay people care about making it legal. I sure as hell don't.
Chloe Ross November 18, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Prop 8 is a crime. Marriage equality belongs to every person.
Paul November 19, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Chloe, Not all gay people care about gay marriage. I'd prefer that be left with the breeders personally. One of the few benits I feel in being a gay man is the freedom it provides and not being bound down by the same out dated standard my straight brother are subjected to. Men get raked over the coals when they split especially when child are involved, child support etc......... There are exceptions, Kevin Federline for example. His marriage to Britney was like winner the lottery for life.
Chloe Ross November 19, 2011 at 07:42 AM
Of course not all gay people want to marry — neither do all straight people. This is about gender bias and every American should be entitled to marry the person they love. Equal rights is the issue. I don't think anyone is advocating forcible marriage for only the gay.

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