California high court set to rule on gay marriage

May 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The California Supreme Court says it will issue its long-awaited decision on the validity of the state's same-sex marriage ban on Tuesday. The high court announced the pending opinion on its Web site Friday morning.

Justices are considering a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn Proposition 8 as having been put on the November ballot improperly.

The court also will decide whether to allow the estimated 18,000 gay couples who got married in California before the measure passed to stay wed.

Court observers have doubted the Supreme Court would invalidate the ban, which was approved by 52 percent of the state's voters.

Since the arguments, three states -- Iowa, Maine and Vermont -- have joined Massachusetts and Connecticut in making same-sex marriage legal.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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