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.
BREAKING: US Appeals court will not hear Prop 8 case, clearing the way for Supreme Court.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 5, 2012
Prop 8 re-hearing denied by 9th Circuit, clearing the way for potential Supreme Court showdown over #samesexmarriage
— Jack Gray (@jackgraycnn) June 5, 2012
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 5, 2012
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.