US Supreme Court to Hear Prop 8 'By Next Summer'

It's not finalized, but a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage seems likely.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012  |  Updated 12:13 PM PDT
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US Supreme Court to Hear Prop 8 'By Next Summer'

Christie Smith

A ruling in prop 8 could come by next summer.

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The debate over Proposition 8 may be concluded by next summer -- nearly five years after the original vote -- when the United States Supreme Court plans to rule on whether California can ban same-sex marriage.

The court is currently fielding "thousands" of appeals from losers of lower court rulings, including an appeal from the sponors of 2008's Prop. 8, which was struck down by a California court, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"There's little likelihood [the court] will refuse," the newspaper reported.

The court's ruling would determine whether same-sex couples can marry, and whether they can receive federal benefits, the newspaper reported.

The Supreme Court could announce it's taking on the case as early as Monday, the newspaper reported. If not then, the decision wil come down in "a month or two, the newspaper reported.

Several Defense of Marriage Act appeals are also winding their ways through the courts, which could delay a SCOTUS decision, the newspaper reported.

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