California Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 8

Emily Douglas

The California Supreme Court today ruled Proposition 8, the ballot initiative outlawing same-sex marriage, constitutional, while declaring valid the thousands of same-sex marriages that took place while same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

The California Supreme Court today ruled Proposition 8, the ballot
initiative outlawing same-sex marriage, constitutional, while declaring
valid the thousands of same-sex marriages that took place while
same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

The Los Angeles Times explains the decision:

In an opinion written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George, the state high
court ruled today that the November initiative was not an illegal
constitutional revision, as gay rights lawyers contended, nor
unconstitutional because it took away an inalienable right, as Atty.
Gen. Jerry Brown argued.

The battle is far from over, the LA Times goes on to say:

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The decision virtually ensures another fight at the ballot box over
marriage rights for gays. Gay rights activists say they may ask voters
to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have
pledged to fight any such effort. Proposition 8 passed with 52% of the
vote.

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