In a step forward for marriage equality, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco has refused to rehear the case about Prop. 8. California’s voter-approved measure sought to strictly define marriage as only between a man and a woman, thereby negating a 2008 ruling that from the state’s Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage.
In February, a three-judge panel of that court ruled [Prop. 8] unconstitutional. In their split decision, the panel found that Proposition 8 “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians” by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment.
Backers of the proposition had asked for a larger panel of judges to rehear the case. In a seven-page order Tuesday, the court refused.
The parties now have 90 days to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. In the meantime, a stay on same-sex marriages in California will remain in place until the issue is exhausted in the courts.
So, now, either supporters of Prop. 8 will take their case against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme course, or, gays and lesbians will be free to marry in California once again!
Read the full court ruling here.
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