Bloomberg reports that the Supreme Court has decided to take up Proposition 8, which addresses whether gay marriage will be legal in the state of California. The outcome of this case could have a huge impact on how other state courts rule on gay marriage in the future.
The justices will also be reviewing the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If DOMA is found to be unconstitutional, same-sex married couples across the United States will receive the same treatment as hetero married couples under federal law—however, this won't change whether or not new couples can get married in states where same-sex unions are not legal.
Ted Olson, a lead attorney in the lawsuit against Proposition 8, said in a press conference: "We have an exhaustive record in which to build this case. We are confident the outcome of this case will be to support the rights of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters."
Kris Perry, a plaintiff in the case against Proposition 8, said: "We were full of anticipation today in hope that the Supreme Court would see their way to do the right thing on behalf of all the couples in California that have waited so many years for the restoration of equality...We're elated with the possibility of great things happening."