Starting on March 5, 2009 the California Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Proposition 8 - the controverial November 2008 ballot that changed the California State Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, effectively prejudicing same-sex couples wanting equal rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
In addition to hearing challenges to Proposition 8, the court will consider the fate of 18,000 same-sex marriages that occurred before the November election.
According to The Los Angeles Times: "Forty-three groups representing civil rights activists, legal scholars, labor unions, bar associations, state legislators and religious organizations have filed written arguments asking that Proposition 8 be overturned.
Twenty organizations, including religious and legal groups, have argued that the measure should be upheld."
An estimated combined $80 Million has been spent by both proponents and opponents of the measure.
The ramifications of Proposition 8 needs to be carefully and seriously examined by the courts and shown for what it is - promotion of inequality and prejudice against fellow American citizens.
There is no place for Prop 8 in the California Constitution and certainly no place in Federal Legislation.