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U.S. Supreme Court allows California same-sex marriages to proceed

(6/26) — 0746 PDT — WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court Wednesday declined to intervene in the legal battle over Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, effectively allowing gay couples to legally wed.

The Justices ruled Proposition 8’s authors had no legal standing to appeal a U.S. District Court’s order that overturned the ban. 

The decision will allow California to resume gay marriage, but when county clerks would begin issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples was unclear.

The Court also ruled on a legal challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, striking down provisions of the law that prevents legally-married same-sex couples from receiving some federal benefits in a 5-4 decision.

In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the Act violated the 5th Amendment right to equal protection.

The same-sex marriage ruling was in the last batch of the Court’s decisions to be announced this term, which ends June 30.


The California Beat Capitol Hill news services contributed reporting to this story. Contact the Beat at news@californiabeat.org.

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