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Updated: Prop 8 Case Closed — Will California Same-Sex Couples Be Allowed To Marry?

by David Badash on August 27, 2012

in News

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California’s Proposition 8 case has been ordered closed by federal Judge James Ware, after almost four years, countless millions of dollars and countless hours from both sides. The question — at first unclear — is if same-sex couples may once again marry in the Golden State.

No one should get too excited yet — there’s a good chance the ruling may be appealed and the Supreme Court petitioned to take the extremely famous, if not infamous, case.

Marriage Equality USA weighed on on today’s news, stating via Twitter, “In fact, stay is likely not lifted per the original court order which noted it would continue until SCOTUS final disposition.” In other words, we haven’t seen the last of Prop 8, and in all likelihood, the Supreme Court will decide to take up the case.

Buzzfeed, in an update, clarifies:

“The couples, however, will have to wait on the Supreme Court to be able to marry.”

“A stay of the case by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pending the Supreme Court’s determination of whether it takes the case means that a ‘mandate’ will not issue [sic] allowing Ware’s order today to go into effect,”  Buzzfeed reports in an update. “The order comes despite the fact that proponents of Proposition 8 have requested the Supreme Court to review the case because, Judge James Ware wrote today, all requests to stay the judgment in the case have been denied.”

In November of 2008, California voters, by a 52% to 48% margin, voted “yes” on Prop 8, a ballot initiative that amended California’s constitution, which was officially titled, “Eliminates Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.”

Perry Closed

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Mykelbarber August 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm


wildwildwest August 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Finally, a clear and concise final ruling. Oh wait…

meriequalityjustus August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

so will people be able to get married now? or do they still have to wait?

Robroberts2009 August 29, 2012 at 5:27 am

Why do we always have to wait for the bigots? How about a proposition to ban religion?

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