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02/16/2011

Today we marriage watchers again look West

by Jeremy Hooper
The California Supreme Court will decide Wednesday whether to plunge back into the legal battle over same-sex marriage.

The state high court, meeting in closed session, will review a request by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to determine whether Proposition 8’s sponsors have legal authority to defend the ballot measure.

California Supreme Court to consider key issue in battle over same-sex marriage [LA Times Blog]

The major options, in short: The state Supremes can dismiss the Prop 8 proponents' appeal, which would restore marriage equality to CA. Or they could determine that the proponents do have standing and kick the matter back up to the 9th Circuit, whose eventual ruling could (a) open up marriage equality within huge portions of the Western United States or (b) setback the momentum. Either way, SCOTUS is the likely endpoint.

But for now let's stick local. Should you have some good mojo to spare, send it in San Francisco's general direction.

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***UPDATE: Major #Prop8 development: CA Supremes to hear standing issue

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