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Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend; it will end with a bang on Tuesday at 10 am when the California Supreme Court rules on three cases that challenge Proposition 8’s constitutionality.

The opinion will be released at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the High Court announced today.

Proposition 8 passed last Nov. 4 with about 52 percent of the vote. It changes California’s constitution with a simple declaration that only a marriage between a man and a woman is legal and valid in the state.

The Supreme Court’s decision will cap — for now — the long and twisting same-same marriage battle in California.

Of course, this isn’t simply a court case: real lives, and real marriages performed during the Rainbow Window from the Court’s May 2008 decision to permit marriage equality and the voters’ November decision to end it, will be decided on Tuesday.

Justices also are weighing whether the measure violates the state’s separation of powers and, if it does not violate the constitution, what effect it should have on same-sex marriages performed before its adoption.

For myself, I am glad not to be in the position of waiting over this long patriotic holiday weekend to find out whether my marriage license is to be revoked. Those are the California newlyweds I’ll be thinking about between now and Tuesday’s big announcement.

Teddy Partridge

Teddy Partridge

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