The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scheduled a March 26 hearing on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The hearing will come one day before the high court hears a challenge to the federal government’s denial of benefits to legally married gay and lesbian couples under a law known as the Defense of Marriage Act.
Justices will question lawyers for each side at hearings scheduled to last an hour each.
Prop. 8 was approved by the voters in November 2008, overturning a May 2008 state Supreme Court ruling that recognized a right to same-sex marriage under the California Constitution.
A federal appeals court declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional in February 2012, saying the measure had withdrawn rights from a historically persecuted minority. The ruling stopped short of deciding whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, but the Supreme Court could address that issue in its ruling, due by the end of June