The Calif. Supreme Court ended the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex marriage by rejecting, in closed session, arguments by Prop. 8’s sponsors, ProtectMarriage, that only an appellate court could overturn a statewide law.
ProtectMarriage took Proposition 8 all the way to the Supreme Court, but the court determined they had no standing in the case, and referred it back to the state court system.
In its most recent challenge, ProtectMarriage argued that a single judge lacked the authority to overturn a state constitutional amendment. The group also said Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s injunction only applied to two counties and that state officials overstepped their authority by ordering county clerks throughout California to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
State officials called the motion a veiled attempt to persuade a state court to interfere with a federal judge’s order in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Same-sex couples began marrying in California in June after a federal appeals court lifted a hold on Walker’s injunction.