Supreme Court opens way for same-sex marriage in Calif.
The court dismissed the closely-watched appeal over the state’s same-sex marriage ban on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday private parties do not have “standing” to defend the voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbians couples from state-sanctioned wedlock.
“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,” according to the court’s ruling, penned by Chief Justice John Roberts. “We decline to do so for the first time here.”
Roberts was joined in the majority by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia.
Since Proposition 8 supporters had no standing, the court did not issue a ruling on the merits of same-sex marriage or Prop. 8…
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