Los Angeles, Calif. — KTLA The plaintiff’s challenging Proposition 8 were honored Saturday night at a gala in downtown Los Angeles.
The gathering was held as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear two landmark same-sex marriage cases on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The court will first hear a challenge of California’s Proposition 8. Then on Wednesday justices will listen to a challenge to part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
In November 2008, a majority of California voters approved Prop 8 , which limited marriage to between a man and a woman.
But last year, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Prop. 8.
That decision was appealed to the high court, which agreed to decide whether a state’s ban on same-sex marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
In the other gay-marriage case, the court will decide if a specific part of DOMA called Section 3 is unconstitutional.
It is the part that bars recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes of federal benefits.
Same-sex marriage is legally recognized in nine states — Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.