SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The bitter, four-year court fight over California’s same-sex marriage ban could soon be resolved. Backers of Proposition 8 have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional. If the high court declines to take the case, it would clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. In Tuesday’s filing, lawyers for the coalition of religious conservative groups that sponsored the voter-approved ban argued that the ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is “tantamount to a judicial death sentence for traditional marriage laws throughout the Circuit.” Lawyers for two same-sex couples who first challenged Proposition 8 in 2009 said they would urge the Supreme Court to reject the case. The high court is expected to act on the petition this fall.
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