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U.S. Supreme Court sides with lower court on California's Proposition 8

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The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out California's Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages, due to a lack of standing.

Proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment in California that bans same-sex marriages in the state. Voters passed the measure in November 2008.

The high court sided with a lower court clearing a way for same-sex marriages in California. The court ruled defenders of the initiative had no right to appeal a lower court's decision.

Click here to read the Court's full opinion. 

While the decision clears the way for gay marriage in California, some political analysts say the Supreme Court punted on the issue. 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.

Wednesday was the last day for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce the rulings of the cases it took on this year. Earlier, the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that denies government benefits for same-sex marriage couples.

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