The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way on Tuesday for the Supreme Court to consider California's marriage equality ban, declining an appeal to revisit the case. Supporters of the 2008 ban, Proposition 8, have lost two rounds in federal court but have made clear they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and hope for a favorable response from the conservative-leaning court. The top U.S. court could agree to hear the matter in the session beginning in October, putting it on track to decide the case within a year. It could also decline to review Prop 8.
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