Supreme Court Clears Way For Gay Marriage In Calif

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex
marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay
marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings
striking down the ban.

The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial
court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional. California officials
probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same-sex
unions in about a month's time.

The high court itself said nothing about the validity of gay marriage bans in California and roughly three dozen other states.

The outcome was not along ideological lines.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Antonin
Scalia.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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