In November, California passed Prop 8 with 53 percent of the vote, changing the state Constitution to repeal same-sex marriage. The state's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage earlier this year, but the amendment limits marriage to heterosexual couples. Similar bans have been set in 27 states, but none of those states had previously legalized marriage.
Following the ruling, opponents filed suits, held rallies, and lashed out at the Mormon church for its well-funded campaign supporting the prop. In late November, the California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits taking on Proposition 8, but denied the requests to halt enforcement. Proponents have until Dec. 19 to file their return and brief. Even though California's same-sex marriage battles makes the cut for the biggest headlines of 2008, we still have to wait for the next chapter. Legal experts expect California Supreme Court will make a final decision in 2009.