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Calif. Supreme Court Ready to Rule on Prop 8

People rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building after argument...

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Above: People rally in front of the California Supreme Court Building after arguments were heard for and against Proposition 8 March 5, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

— The State Supreme Court says it will issue a ruling Tuesday on three lawsuits challenging Proposition 8. That’s the voter approved constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages.

The long-awaited ruling is expected to get national attention.

Last November, voters narrowly approved Prop 8. That happened only a few months after the State Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages could be performed. More than 18,000 gay couples exchanged their vows in the state.

In a recent interview with State Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, I asked how the appeal was going. “The deliberations, are they spirited,” I asked? “Oh, yes,” replied Moreno. “They’re always spirited.” “Thank you, sir,” I said. “Thank you,” said Moreno.

The court has to decide if Prop 8 was put on the ballot properly. The Justices also are expected to decide whether same-sex marriages performed before the measure was passed will be allowed to stand.

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