The Supreme Court has dismissed the federal challenge to Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban passed by California voters in November 2008.
In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that supporters have no standing to bring the case. The majority are Chief Justice John Roberts with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia. "It was an unusual lineup, with the conservative Scalia providing the decisive fifth vote for the majority while the liberal Sotomayor joined three conservatives in dissent," notes the San Francisco Chronicle.
From the opinion: "We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here."
The decision means allowing the lower court rulings upholding Prop 8's unconstitutionality will stand. Same-sex marriages will soon resume in California.
Both of today's decisions were exactly what many observers (and myself) predicted. It's been an incredible day for equality. Yessss!