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Supporters of California's Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage filed their long-expected petition Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court, in hopes of overturning lower-court rulings.

The petition filed by attorney Charles Cooper and his legal allies, including Folsom-based attorney Andrew P. Pugno, called the same-sex marriage issue "exceedingly important," and spelled out multiple arguments in support of Prop. 8.

"The profoundly important question whether the ancient and vital institution of marriage should be fundamentally redefined to include same-sex couples is currently a matter of great debate in our nation," the brief states.

The Prop. 8 forces' brief warns of "widespread and immediate negative consequences" if the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision striking down Prop. 8 is allowed to stand. More pointedly, from a practical standpoint, the brief cites ways in which the Ninth Circuit ruling differs from other courts that have considered the same-sex marriage issue; the Supreme Court will often take cases precisely in order to resolve these kind of judicial splits.



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