Calif. Gay-Marriage Ruling Comes Next Week

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2009 2:26 PM CDT
The California Supreme Court during oral arguments in March.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The California state Supreme Court will issue its opinion on gay marriage Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The court will rule on three questions, including two challenges to the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex nuptials. One challenge comes from gay-rights lawyers who argue that Prop 8 was an illegal revision of the constitution, and not an amendment as it was sold.

The other challenge comes from state Attorney General Jerry Brown, who says the proposition denies homosexuals an inalienable right. The last question is whether the 18,000 same-sex couples who married while it was legal can retain their privileges. During oral arguments in March, all the justices expressed support the continued recognition of those marriages. (Read more California Supreme Court stories.)