"It's significant no matter what they do," Anderson said. "If they don't take it, that means the lower court (ruling) will stand that it was unconstitutional and hopefully within a day or immediately after, we'll start getting legally unioned."
Depending on what the justices decide today, it may take months for them to issue a decision on same-sex marriage.
"If they take the case tomorrow, it will be argued in the court in March or April and assuredly won't be decided until June," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, on Thursday.
Chemerinsky believes the Supreme Court will take one of the cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act, but had no predictions regarding what it would do with Proposition 8.
Because the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision doesn't conflict with other courts of appeals, the Supreme Court may decide not to review it, Chemerinsky said.
However, he said if the justices hear the Proposition 8 case, they likely will declare the controversial law unconstitutional anyway.
That would probably be a 5-4 vote with justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan striking down the law, Chemerinsky said.
"If the Supreme Court denies review, then the 9th Circuit decision stands, Prop 8 is unconstitutional and very quickly we would have gay and lesbian marriages," Chemerinsky said.
Some say either decision by the U.S. Supreme Court would be a victory for the equal rights movement.
"We've seen a lot of momentum over the last month with the ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland and Washington, and then the defeat of the Constitutional amendment in Minnesota, so this is just continuing the momentum toward equality for all Americans and for all Americans that believe in marriage equality," said Manny Rivera, spokesman for the American Foundation for Equal Rights in Los Angeles
Rivera said if the court denies hearing the case, then same-sex marriage will be reinstated in the state as soon as next week.
But, if the court decides to hear the case, it will be a first.
"Given the momentum we've seen over the last couple of months and years really, it would be a huge victory toward the movement of marriage equality," he said. "If not, our victories would go into effect and marriage would resume in California, which would double the number of states where Americans can marry equitably."
Meyer said for Californians, whether the Supreme Court hears the case or not, it is a victory for gay married couples. If the court doesn't hear the case, as she expects will happen, then Prop. 8 is nullified and gay marriage is upheld in the state.
The bigger prize, of course, would be a federal decision that would make gay marriage the law of the land and affect hundreds of laws and benefits now enjoyed by heterosexual couples. These include insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors' benefits, immigration and the filing of joint tax returns.
"Would I like to instead have the Supreme Court take it on, hear arguments in court and make it legal everywhere? Sure," Meyer said.
However the former member of the Long Beach Human Rights Commission, who says she's followed the issue closely, doesn't think the current Supreme Court is ready to take on such a weighty and divisive issue and will rather wait several years.
"If they made a decision like Roe vs. Wade or Brown vs. the Board, I would like that, but there would be a lot of upset people, particularly in the bright red states," Meyer said.
While Meyer says it would be nice to "have society smile on you," she says she and Raphael plan to continue their activism for issues beyond marriage.
The couple was married in 2004, when gay marriages were being performed in San Francisco, and again in Long Beach on August 24, 2008, on their 40th anniversary after the courts nullified their previous union.
"We've been working for the civil rights we want," Meyer said, and that won't end today or Monday.
Still, she would like to hear the court's decision, soon rather than later.
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