Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this morning. The ballot, which limited marriage in California to unions between one man and one woman, was initially passed by voters in 2008. The Supreme Court will likely now rule on gay marriage next year.
Retiring Congressman Barney Frank is engaged to longtime partner Jim Ready. The Democratic Representative became the first Congressperson to publicly come out as gay in 1987. His home state of Massachusetts is also one of six states (along with the District of Columbia) that have legalized gay marriage so far. Frank and Ready have been dating since 2007.