On March 5 the California Supreme Court will start the session that will end with its response to Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage state constitutional amendment passed by voters in November. One burning issue is the fate of the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed after the court’s historic, pro-gay marriage ruling in May 2008 and before the fall vote. Most legal analysts expect that a majority of judges will vote to uphold the existing marriages but not enough to overturn the new ban. Pepperdine University law school dean Kenneth Starr—who led the impeachment proceedings against former president Bill Clinton—will urge the court on behalf of the Proposition 8 campaign to uphold the measure and declare that existing same-sex marriages are no longer valid.
Gay marriage, and a familiar name, are back in court in California
On Proposition 8: "The people ultimately decided," wrote Kenneth Starr
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