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Prop. 8 Case Update: What’s Next

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released the first list of cases it will hear this Term and AFER’s challenge to Prop. 8 is not on this week’s list

The Justices meet nearly every week to determine the cases they will take up. The next time we could hear something is Monday, October 1 at 9:30 a.m. EDT / 6:30 a.m. PDT, when the Court is expected to release a list of cases it is not hearing this Term.

Some have speculated that the Supreme Court may wait to consider our case until later this fall when the Justices will decide whether to grant review in several cases challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

Nonetheless, AFER will be watching each week’s announcements closely and will keep you updated with the latest information. Please also encourage your friends and family to sign up for our breaking news updates as well.

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Proposition 8 was held unconstitutional by the Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals because it violates our Constitution’s central guarantees of liberty and equality for all. Singling out a class of Americans because of who they are and who they love is unfair, unlawful and contrary the basic American values.

If the Supreme Court decides to hear our case, AFER’s legal team led by distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies will urge to Court to affirm the fundamental right of all Americans to equally enjoy the freedom to marry the person they love.

If the Supreme Court decides not to hear our case, the landmark February 2012 decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down Prop. 8 will be made permanent, and marriage equality will return to California.

Regardless of what the Court decides, the hopes and dreams of countless gay and lesbian couples in California—and America’s core values—will soon be fulfilled.