Barring an unforeseen legal bombshell, gay marriage is here to stay in California.
In a one-line order, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt same-sex marriages throughout the state, rejecting the latest legal bid to revive Proposition 8's ban on gay nuptials.
The justices, meeting in their weekly closed-door conference, declined to hear a case brought last month by backers of Proposition 8 who argue that the law should remain in effect in at least 56 of the state's 58 counties.
The U.S. Supreme Court in June left intact a 2010 federal judge's ruling finding the state's voter-approved ban unconstitutional, concluding that sponsors of the 2008 ballot measure did not have the legal right
to defend the law in place of the governor and attorney general.
Since that time, thousands of same-sex couples have married across California. But Proposition 8 backers maintained that the original ruling should only apply to the two couples who challenged the law and their two counties, Alameda and Los Angeles.
The state Supreme Court, however, declined to consider those legal arguments. The move was not a surprise -- legal experts considered the maneuver a long shot, and the justices previously refused to temporarily halt same-sex marriages while they considered the issue.