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Breaking: US Supreme Court to Review Prop. 8

The highest court will examine the constitutionality of the gay marriage law.

Bloomberg News is reporting that the US Supreme Court will examine California's gay marriage law to see if the 14th Amendment bars the state from defining marriage in a traditional way.

The SCOTUS Blog posted this update Friday afternoon via CoveritLive:

"Prop. 8 is granted on the petition question -- whether 14th Am. bars Calif. from defining marriage in traditional way. Plus an added question: Whether the backers of Prop.. 8 have standing in the case under Art. III."

In 2008, 52 percent of California voters approved Proposition 8. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law in February, ruling Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Prop. 8 supporters then appealed to the country's highest court.

This chronology of the history of gay marriage from the Los Angeles Times explains the complex road that has led to today.

The SCOTUS Blog also clarified the immediate impact of the court's decision Friday—there is none.

"Although the Court is ruling on Prop. 8, there is nothing in the order that would lift the 9th CA's stay. So marriage licenses in Calif. will have to wait until this case is decided."

Friday, the Supreme Court also granted a review of Windsor, a challenge to federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to Bloomberg.

DOMA bars the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples.

State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris spoke in support of the court's decision to review Prop. 8.

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider marriage equality takes our nation one step closer to realizing the American ideal of equal protection under the law for all people,” Harris said in a prepared statement. “For justice to prevail, Proposition 8 must be invalidated so that gay and lesbian families are finally treated with equality and dignity.”

Others echoed her sentiments.

“We are pleased that the court has agreed to decide once and for all whether these blatantly discriminatory marriage bans are permitted under our Constitution,” Ilona Turner, Legal Director of Transgender Law Center in San Francisco said in a prepared statement. “These laws that unconstitutionally restrict access to marriage based solely on gender must be struck down."

Eight other cases involving same-sex marriage were not added to the Supreme Court's "orders list," essentially its docket for the next term. Most involved the Defense of Marriage Act.

It's expected the court will hear the marriage cases in the March sitting, March 18-27.

Jesse M. December 10, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Poor, poor G Man. Your wife must treat you just awful. That or you operate intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually on the same level as your dog companion. How on earth can you compare the relationship shared between two humans to that of a relationship between a human and an animal or a human and an inanimate thing?
mcarthur church December 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM
the moral code is changing and it's gonna keep changing because of the different desires that dwell in people. Me personally think homosexuality is wrong not just because the bible declares it!(I am a strong Christian) but sciences does to if we look at the anatomy of the body! The body clearly declare that the male was made the woman and vise versa! The problem lyes in the "strange" desires of man!
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 10, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Care to try that in English, now?
mcarthur church December 10, 2012 at 03:17 AM
So chris Corbett if I was" born "with a "desire" to have a relationship with an animal or to have a "desire" to have sex with a sibling should it be considered wrong if I was born like that?
Jennifer Squires December 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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