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.”
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