The state Supreme Court dismissed a last-minute petition by supporters of Proposition 8 -- which was approved by
The California Supreme Court did not detail the reasons for its decision, simply dismissing the petition.
The latest petition was filed following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 ruling that opponents of same-sex marriage lacked legal standing to appeal the federal judge's decision that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Two days later, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal lifted a stay it had placed on the ruling while appeals were pending, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in the state.
That led to the last-minute appeals by Proposition 8 supporters hoping to keep the measure in place. San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. also filed court papers with the state's highest court asking for clarification on whether his office was required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he agreed earlier this month to withdraw the petition in light of the appeal by Prop. 8 supporters. The state Supreme Court today formally dismissed that petition.
In March 2000,
Opponents of same-sex marriage quickly got Prop. 8 on the November 2008 ballot to amend the state constitution, and it was approved by a margin of 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent.
In May 2009, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop. 8 but also ruled that the unions of roughly 18,000 same-sex couples who were wed in 2008 prior to its passage would remain valid.
Same-sex marriage supporters took their case to federal court, and U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in August 2010 that Proposition 8 “both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Backers of Proposition 8 -- ProtectMarriage.com -- appealed to the 9th Circuit, because then-Gov.
The state Supreme Court decided that Prop. 8 supporters had legal standing, so the 9th Circuit moved ahead with its consideration of the case, hearing more arguments on a motion by Prop. 8 backers asking that
A three-judge panel of the
That ruling led to the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.