The California Supreme Court ruled that "official proponents" of California's Proposition 8 - which defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman - can defend the ballot initiative in court when public officials refuse to do so.
This means a federal court fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage can continue.
Proposition 8 was approved in a California 2008 ballot, setting up a federal lawsuit by various gay couples seeking to wed. State leaders including current Gov. Jerry Brown have refused to defend the law in court, setting up the debate over who could defend Proposition 8.
Charles Cooper, attorney for Proposition 8's ballot sponsors, had said the official sponsors should be allowed to step in when the state refuses to defend such measures. The conservative group ProtectMarriage.com has been leading the legal fight to defend the initiative.FULL STORY