The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Plaintiffs in the case challenging the ban spoke out as they prepared to head to Washington, D.C. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 8 p.m. on June 19, 2013.
Decision day for the U.S. Supreme Court regarding California's Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state, is scheduled for Wednesday.
The justices indicated early Tuesday that the last day of the term will be Wednesday, and all remaining decisions will be announced then. The SCOTUS blog tweeted Tuesday morning, "Tomorrow is the last #scotus day. Same-sex marriage. History."
The justices are also expected to issue their decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, on Wednesday. DOMA bars gay and lesbian married couples from receiving the same federal benefits as opposite-sex spouses.
Prop 8 and DOMA are two of the three cases that still need to be decided. The rulings are expected to be released starting at 7 a.m. PT.
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And it should be noted that whatever the Supreme Court decides, same-sex marriages are unlikely to resume immediately in California. Legal details will determine the timeline.
Whatever the ruling, details of it impact on same-sex marriage in the state might become more clear after a news conference with California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris has scheduled the news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.