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 California’s Proposition 8, allowing the state’s former ruling on same-sex marriage to stand allowing gay couples to marry.
Prop. 8 was being challenged by two California same-sex couples after it was approved by seven million voters in 2008.
The decision only affects marriage in California, which were expected to resume within a month.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia.
“We have no authority to decide this case on the merits, and neither did the 9th Circuit,” Roberts said, referring to the federal appeals court that also struck down Prop. 8.
In a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court said legally married same-sex couples should get the same tax, health and retirement benefits as married heterosexual couples in relation to the Defense of Marriage Act.
AMP Radio celebrated the rulings this morning with an audio tribute. Take a listen: