Calif. Supreme Court Rules for Prop 8

In a defeat for gay-rights groups, California’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s anti-gay-marriage amendment, Proposition 8, could legally be defended in court even if the state refuses to enforce it. The ruling will most likely send gay-rights groups to federal court to decide whether its marriage bans are constitutional—and will have repercussions throughout the country. While the California governor and attorney general had refused to enforce the gay-marriage ban, state officials challenged it to keep it on the books—despite a judge’s ruling in December that the ban is unconstitutional.