San Jose Mercury News
September 6, 2012
Proposition 8 backers on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to jump into the marriage fray and restore California’s voter-approved ban on marriage equality. In a widely expected legal move, urged the high court to review a federal appeals court’s decision earlier this year invalidating Proposition 8. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law unconstitutional because it stripped away the previous right of same-sex couples to marry in California. Gay rights advocates last month asked the Supreme Court to decline the case, saying the justices should leave the 9th Circuit’s ruling intact. In that brief, lawyers for same-sex couples called the 9th Circuit’s ruling “straightforward” and confined to California’s unique circumstances, arguing there is no need for the Supreme Court to address the broader legal questions surrounding marriage equality. .