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Ninth Circuit officially dismisses Prop 8 case "for lack of jurisdiction"

SAN FRANCISCO -- Moments ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially closed the books on its involvement in California's Proposition 8 case that took away same-gender marriage.

The Ninth Circuit issued this order:

Order filed for PUBLICATION (STEPHEN R. REINHARDT, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and N. RANDY SMITH) In accordance with the Supreme Court’s opinion of June 26, 2013 as well as the resulting judgment, this appeal is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. The clerk is directed to issue the mandate forthwith.

This means that the Ninth Circuit accepts the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Prop 8 supporters had no legal standing to appeal the decision of District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who said the discriminatory law was unconstitutional.

The Ninth Circuit also mandated that the Prop 8 supporters pay "Costs taxed against Appellant in the amount of $120.60."

The Prop 8 case is still lingering in other courts, however. The California Supreme Court is hearing a petition from the anti-gay Prop 8 supporters, who have filed a "Hail Mary" case seeking to limit the ruling to the two couples who filed the suit and Los Angeles and Alameda counties. A decision is expected soon.

Same-gender marriages resumed in California, starting on June 28.

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