Calif. Court Upholds Gay-Marriage Ban

Existing marriages still valid
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 26, 2009 12:29 PM CDT
Ruth Borenstein, left, and Karen Strauss, the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, are photographed in San Francisco in November, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – California’s Supreme Court today upheld a state ban on gay marriage, but ruled that same-sex marriages that took place before voters approved the measure will stay valid, the Los Angeles Times reports. A court rejection of Proposition 8, which passed 52% to 48% in November, was considered highly unlikely. The move “virtually ensures” another voter referendum on the matter, writes Maura Dolan.