Prop. 8 heading to court

The California Supreme Court will take up legal challenges to the voter initiative, which banned same-sex marriages in the state.

Published November 20, 2008 4:20PM (EST)

Opponents of Proposition 8 may not have won at the ballot box, but they will get their day in court.

The proposition, which California voters approved on Election Day, overturned an earlier state supreme court decision and banned same-sex marriage. Now, the court will consider lawsuits brought by proponents of same-sex marriage who are asking that the initiative be invalidated. According to the Los Angeles Times, California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has said he thinks the court will rule for the plaintiffs, and he supports that result.

The court's seven justices voted against a stay of the initiative, meaning that same-sex marriages can not continue while the case is considered. A hearing may be held as soon as March.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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