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Supreme Court To Review Prop 8 Tuesday

The California state law is one of several gay rights cases under review by the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday the United States Supreme Court will review California's Proposition 8, a state law banning gay marriage. 

It is the first of two anti-gay marriage laws the Supreme Court will address in the coming days, the other being The Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law. 

There is one major road block that could force the Supreme Court to put the case on hold: California officials have refused to defend Prop 8, leaving it up to the sponsor of Prop 8, is an organization dedicated to preserving what they call "traditional marriage."

"More than seven million Californians of all races, creeds, and walks of life voted for Proposition 8 to preserve the traditional definition of marriage because they believe that the unique relationship between one man and one woman continues to meaningfully serve as the cornerstone of society," according to a statement on their website.

If the justices find that Protect Marriage does not have the legal right to stand in court, the case will have to be postponed. 

However, some people, like Dr. Larry Gross, director of USC's Annenberg School of Communication, believe that an argument based solely on the traditional aspects of marriage is outdated.

"They're pretty much stuck claiming something about tradition," said Gross, "but even that is specious, and the Supreme Court, whatever side they're on, is not dumb."

Director of USC LGBT Vincent Vigil says he will continue to fight for equality regardless of Tuesday's outcome.

"I think that our movement... we're used to being kicked down a lot," Vigil said,  "But we are used to rising above it and saying 'okay, what's the next step we have to do?'"

Aaron Lieberman, an openly gay student, said he hopes that Tuesday will be a positive step forward for gay rights.

"We just want equality, what everyone else has - no special privileges."

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