Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Supreme Ruling: Prop 8 Has No Standing

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

In the second of two landmark rulings Wednesday, the US Supreme Court decided that the supporters of California's ban on gay marriage lacked the standing to bring the case to court. By default, the decision allows Californian same-sex couples to get married again.

The court voted 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.

The ruling also sustained a previous lower court's declaration that california's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

"We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to," wrote Roberts. "We decline to do so for the first time here. Because petitioners have not satisfied their burden to demonstrate standing to appeal the judgment of the District Court, the Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiction to consider the appeal. The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction."

Here's a look at how supporters and detractors reacted to today's historic rulings:

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