The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has declined to reconsider a ruling that struck down Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Tuesday’s action means that the next step for supporters of Proposition 8 is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeals court said that a majority of its actively serving judges voted not to revisit the 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the court in February declaring the voter-approved measure unconstitutional.

Sponsors of Proposition 8 have said that they’ll file an immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask the high court to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage.



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