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Prop. 8 Victory: California Ninth Circuit Sticks With Decision to Support Gay Marriage

The court battle to overturn California's infamous Proposition 8, a voter-approved initiative that effectively banned gay marriage in 2008, has been long and grueling.

Every decision that comes down from a judge (or panel of judges) plants a little hope in the hearts of same-sex couples up and down the Golden State -- only to be crushed by another petty appeal from the bigoted "Protect Marriage" camp.

Which brings us to today's big victory:

OK, we know we've said that word before. But now that the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is refusing to reconsider a February decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Protect Marriage only has one single shot left at keeping Prop. 8 alive.

The group, which has been fighting like a pack of rabid pitbulls from the beginning, can't be expected to stop now. In the 90-day window ahead of them, they'll almost surely take Prop. 8 to the highest court of law: The U.S. Supreme Court.

From there, the Supreme Court can do one of three things:

1) It can refuse to hear the case, in which case Prop. 8 is overturned and we all run off happily into the sunset.

2) It can agree with the Ninth Circuit, in which case Prop. 8 is overturned and we all run off happily into the sunset.

3) It can agree with the Protect Marriage nutjobs, and we can take a giant step back in the largest remaining civil-rights fight in America, even though history has shown that equality will eventually triumph and this is all a huge waste of time.

Here's an awesome infographic to iron out all this court-to-court confusion, courtesy of the American Foundation for Equal Rights:

Prop. 8 Victory: California Ninth Circuit Sticks With Decision to Support Gay Marriage
AFER

"Today's order is yet another federal court victory for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples in California and around the nation,'' says AFER co-founder Chad Griffin in a statement today. "The final chapter of the Prop. 8 case has now begun. Should the U.S. Supreme Court decide to review the Ninth Circuit's decision in our case, I am confident that the justices will stand on the side of fairness and equality.''

Perfect timing: Obama's in town tomorrow to celebrate his new $tance on $ame-$ex marriage with L.A.'s wealthiest gays. Can we get some Prop. 8 promises while he's at it?

[@simone_electra / swilson@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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