The debate over same-sex marriage is most likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a brief order (PDF) that was widely expected on Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier ruling that struck down Proposition 8.
In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court found the 2008 law unconstitutional because it took away the right for gays and lesbians to marry. The appeals court denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters to rehear the case.
The plaintiffs in the suit are Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo.
Same-sex couples cannot marry while Proposition 8 backers are given time to appeal.
Proposition 8 supporters are headed to the Supreme Court, who may hear arguments next year and rule by June 2013.
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