Court shuts down final Prop 8 appeal

California’s Supreme Court refused to hear arguments from backers of the ban on same-sex marriage

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 15, 2013 1:47PM (EDT)

A last-ditch attempt by backers of Proposition 8 was shut down by the California Supreme Court on Wednesday, when the court refused to hear arguments that the law should be reinstated. “The petition for a writ of mandate is denied," the court wrote in a brief order, after a closed-door session.

Supporters of Prop 8, the state's ban on same-sex marriage, argued that the District Court’s 2010 decision striking down the law only applied to the two couples named in the case, and to clerks in the two counties where the couples had tried to get married.

Same-sex couples in the state began marrying in June, after the Supreme Court held that the backers of Proposition 8 did not have standing to appeal the District Court's ruling that the law was unconstitutional.

Jillian Rayfield

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