The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in a case about the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which banned marriage for same-sex couples in the state, might not settle much beyond who had the right to defend the voter-passed initiative in the first place, according to this analysis. Opponents of marriage equality contend a loss on the standing issue should erase all the lower court rulings, which found Prop 8 unconstitutional. Those who support marriage rights for gays and lesbians disagree, saying the same ruling should instead be considered a clear victory that allows marriages to resume.

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