The California Supreme Court said Wednesday that it scheduled a March 4 hearing on the legality of same-sex marriages, assuring that a ruling will be issued by June.
The plaintiffs are the city of San Francisco, the state’s leading gay advocacy group, and several same-sex couples who have not been allowed to marry.
The battle over same-sex marriage first unfolded four years ago when Mayor Gavin Newsom temporarily issued marriage licenses to gay couples. Nearly 4,000 marriages were performed back then. The marriages were nullified in August 2004 when the court ruled that Newsom had no authority to disregard the marriage law.
In April 2005, San Francisco’s Superior Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages but the court of appeal overturned the decision in a 2-1 ruling. The California Supreme Court unanimously granted review in December 2006. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Assembly Bill 43, which would have allowed same-sex marriages in California, but he preferred to leave the decision up to the Supreme Court, according to his veto message in October.
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June is a very good month for marriage equality here in Massachusetts! Good luck Californians.