The statewide enforcement of the injunction against Prop 8 will remain in place and same-sex marriages will continue without interruption.
In a one-line order released on Wednesday, the California Supreme Court made it clear that they would not stop same-sex marriages in the state.
According to the San Jose Mercury News:
The justices, meeting in their weekly closed-door conference, declined to hear a case brought last month by backers of Proposition 8 who argue that the law should remain in effect in at least 56 of the state’s 58 counties.
The U.S. Supreme Court in June left intact a 2010 federal judge’s ruling finding the state’s voter-approved ban unconstitutional, concluding that sponsors of the 2008 ballot measure did not have the legal rightto defend the law in place of the governor and attorney general.
Since that time, thousands of same-sex couples have married across California. But Proposition 8 backers maintained that the original ruling should only apply to the two couples who challenged the law and their two counties, Alameda and Los Angeles.
The state Supreme Court, however, declined to consider those legal arguments. The move was not a surprise — legal experts considered the maneuver a long shot, and the justices previously refused to temporarily halt same-sex marriages while they considered the issue.
A challenge filed at the federal level was also rejected by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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