No ruling yet from Supreme Court on Prop. 8

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prop-8-scotusWASHINGTON — No ruling was issued by the Supreme court on Monday on California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

The court released five rulings on Monday, but did not take up Prop 8 or the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The court added Tuesday as an extra opinion-release day. Six cases remained undecided.

A ruling on Prop 8 was expected by Friday, when the court goes on recces for the summer.

If the justices uphold Prop 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California would remain in place.

It would also send a strong message to about three dozen other states across the country that their bans on same-sex marriage would also be found constitutional.

If the ban is upheld, it would likely trigger a political campaign in California to put the issue back on the ballot, according to experts.

Voters approved Prop 8 back in 2008, but recent polls suggest that the majority of California voters now support same-sex marriage.

If the court strikes down Prop 8, gay marriages could begin in California by mid-July, officials said.

The Supreme Court was also expected to rule on the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Gay marriage is legal in 12 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

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