Prop 8 ruling from California Supreme Court to come Tuesday

The Sacramento BeeMay 23, 2009 

California's Supreme Court will issue a ruling Tuesday that will either uphold Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban, or overturn it as illegal and unconstitutional.

The much anticipated 10 a.m. announcement will open a new chapter in the struggle over gay marriage.

Several states have legalized gay marriage since last November, when 52 percent of California voters approved amending the state constitution to define marriage as between only a man and woman.

Gay activists plan to gather outside the court in San Francisco. Gay marriage opponents may also gather, as they did March 5 when justices heard arguments for and against Proposition 8.

Proposition 8 architects and attorneys plan to hold a news conference at Sacramento's Sheraton Hotel.

"We're confident that the right of the people to protect traditional marriage in the state constitution will ultimately prevail," Andrew Pugno, attorney for Proposition 8 backers, said in a statement Friday.

Kate Kendell, director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in a statement that the court's decision is significant for "all those who care about equality."

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said Friday he is aware many legal analysts suspect that the court's majority will uphold Proposition 8.

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