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U.S. Supreme Court Postpones Prop. 8 Ruling Friday

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The U.S. Supreme Court did not make an expected decision Monday on whether to hear a lower court’s decision regarding Proposition 8.

The Supreme Court Monday released added orders from its Friday conference, but the list did not include any of the ten cases dealing with the same-sex marriage issue. It now appears that those cases will be rescheduled for the conference this Friday.

An announcement could come after that session or on the following Monday.

The Hollingsworth v. Perry case, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), were distributed for discussion at the Justices’ private conference on Friday, Nov. 30.

Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. DOMA, which was enacted by Congress in 1996, nullifies the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law.

The Perry case was filed on May 22, 2009, in Federal District Court on behalf of two California couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.  On February 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling upholding the historic August 2010 decision of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  On July 30, 2012, the proponents of Proposition 8 asked the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s judgment.

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