LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California.
The Supreme Court did not take issue on Proposition 8, allowing the state’s former ruling on same-sex marriage to stand, which gives gay couples the right to marry.
“We have no authority to decide this case on the merits, and neither did the 9th Circuit,” Chief Justice John Roberts said, referring to the federal appeals court that also struck down Prop. 8.
Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia.
Prop. 8 was being challenged by two California same-sex couples after it was approved by 7 million voters in 2008.
The decision only affects marriages in California, which were expected to resume likely within a month.
The lower court must now take action to lift the stay before county clerk’s offices can issue marriage licenses based on the decision, the Los Angeles County Clerk said in a statement.