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Jul 31, 2012: Prop 8 Closer Than Ever to Supreme Court
Breaking news in AFER's Prop 8 case. Now that two separate courts have ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, the Prop 8 Proponents have exercised their only option left: petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States to review our latest victory. So let's take a look at what that means, and what to expect over the next few months.
So, what does today's news mean? Here are the important things to know. Prop 8 is still officially unconstitutional, thanks to rulings by a district court in 2010 and a court of appeals in 2012. But Prop 8 is also still in effect, and will remain in effect for at least a few more months.
The next big step is up to the Supreme Court. Now that they've received the Proponents' petition for a writ of certiorari, the justices will vote on whether to take the case. That happens during a private conference in late September.
If four or more justices vote to take the case -- what's known as "granting cert" -- we'll have a briefing and oral argument during the court's next term. That term starts in October and ends in June, so the ruling could come at any time during that window. In this scenario, we'll have a definite resolution for Prop 8 by June of 2013 at the very latest.
But if the justices vote against taking the case, then the previous Ninth Circuit decision stands. That would mean that Prop 8 is unconstitutional for good, end of story.
In that scenario, the freedom to marry would be promptly restored for all the committed, loving gay and lesbian couples across California. The exact date that marriages could resume is unclear right now, but we'll know the specific date as we move closer to the Supreme Court's conference in September.
In the mean time, you can help make the case for the freedom to marry. Visit AFER.org to sign up for alerts on the case and to meet some of the couples who are waiting to wed. And remember to share this video with everyone you know. Because the more we talk about marriage equality, the more people we win over to our side.
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