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Prop 8: Marriage Equality in CA, But Not Everywhere

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 26th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments


United States Supreme Court vacates Ninth Circuit Court order.

The United States Supreme Court writing in its decision, “We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here. The Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiction to consider the appeal. (emphasis added) The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.”


While the Supreme Court decision affirms marriage equality in California for now, it leaves untouched other same-sex marriage bans across the country. It also does not preclude a future challenge to marriage-equality in California.

Learn more about California Proposition 8 on Wikipedia.

Read about the Supreme Court decision on Hutffington Post.

Read analysis of what is likely to happen now that the Supreme Court has vacated the Ninth Circuit Court order on SCOTUSBLOG.

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Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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