California Supreme Court's decision on sham same-sex marriage ban to be issued Tuesday - San Jose Mercury News
California Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage ban to be issued Tuesday - San Jose Mercury News
The California Supreme Court plans to announce its decision on the legality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Proposition 8 restored the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in March from both sides in the legal fight over Proposition 8, which voters in November approved by 52 to 48 percent and confines marriage to heterosexual couples. The justices last May, in a sharply divided 4-3 ruling, struck down California's prior ban on gay marriage, prompting the ballot measure in the fall.
A number of local governments, including San Francisco and Santa Clara County, challenged Proposition 8, along with civil rights organizations and same-sex couples seeking the equal right to marry. They maintain the measure was an improper method of amending the state constitution and targets a minority group by depriving gay couples of the right to marry. Attorney General Jerry Brown, in a rare move for the state's top lawyer, also has urged the justices to strike down the voter-approved law.