Though President Obama endorsed gay marriage last week, he maintained that the definition of marriage is an individual state issue. But if several recent court cases are any indication, the decision on gay marriage may ultimately fall to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The first of these cases involves Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative overturning a California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Proposition 8 in August 2010, a decision that the 9th Circuit upheld in a 2-1 vote this February. Supporters of the measure have asked a full 9th Circuit panel to review the case. If the court declines, the case will likely head to the Supreme Court.