In the short term, that means couples in California will have to wait until the Supreme Court rules, despite lower courts invalidating Prop. 8. The challenge is being spearheaded by high-profile lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies.
"Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California," declared a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in a 2-1 decision back in February.
The move came as a surprise to many court watchers, which saw relatively few reasons for the Supreme Court to take on Prop. 8, particularly if it was also ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, which it has also agreed to do.