The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Proposition 8 appeal and refused to rehear the case. This paves the way for the same-sex marriage ban case to head to  the Supreme Court.

More from Los Angeles Times:

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected an appeal of February’s ruling that overturned Proposition 8, a move that is likely to send the debate over same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals paves the way for a high court decision on gay marriage by next year.

Proposition 8, passed by California voters in November 2008, reinstated a ban on same-sex nuptials six months after the state Supreme Court had struck it down on state constitutional grounds. The ballot measure amended the state constitution. Two same-sex couples then sued in federal court, contending that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution.