The California Supreme Court refused, by a 6-1 vote, to throw out the amendment added to the state’s constitution when voters approved Proposition 8 last November. That amendment reaffirmed the meaning of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The same court had earlier thrown out a law passed by voters in a referendum that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. In throwing out that law the California Supreme Court also declared “gay marriage” legal and ordered the state to begin marrying gay couples. That in turn resulted in Propostion 8, which went beyond statutory law to amend the state constitution, thus overruling the court’s decision.
That set the stage for a challenge to the amendment passed under Prop 8. That challenge was what the court turned down in today’s ruling. It was a bridge too far for the judicial tyrants of California, so they took a holiday, for now.