The Los Angeles Times
December 10, 2012

Many of the states’ top political leaders, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader  Nancy Pelosi, issued a flurry of statements urging the Supreme Court to strike down California's gay marriage ban. The high court Friday said it would rule on the legality of Proposition 8, the California voter-approved measure from 2008 that forbade same-sex unions. "I’m confident Supreme Court will discard ...Prop 8 into the dustbin of history," Pelosi said in a tweet Friday. "Let’s get this over with and on to the future!" Added Feinstein: "I hope the Supreme Court ... restores marriage equality to California.” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who put himself at the center of the debate in California by marrying same-sex couples when he was mayor of San Francisco, compared the case to Loving vs. Virginia, the 1967 court decision that permitted interracial couples to marry. “Supreme Court here we come,” he tweeted. California’s public battle over gay marriage began nearly nine years ago when San Francisco allowed same sex unions just before Valentine’s Day 2004, drawing thousands of couples to City Hall and making the state a flashpoint in the national debate.