Posted Nov. 20, 2008 – In the latest showdown over the California Gay marriage measure known as Proposition 8, the state Supreme Court moved to consider three lawsuits that challenge the legality of the measure. However, the court rejected a bid to put Prop 8 on hold while the legal challenges continue.
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So, for now all same-sex marriages in California are on hold indefinitely and gay and lesbian couples who wish to legally take their wedding vows will have to wait.
Meanwhile, the court is also expected to make some determination about whether the marriages of same-sex couples who already have wed there are still valid, given that the voters who approved Prop 8 on Nov. 4 in effect outlawed all gay marriages in California.
After the election, Prop 8 opponents vocally blamed Black voters for passage of the measure because they turned up in record numbers in support of Democratic presidential candidate and now President-elect Barack Obama. However, analysts show that a much larger body of the California electorate was responsible for the successful passage of the gay marriage ban.