(From Guardian Unlimited)
A Californian appeals court has cleared the way for the supreme court to hear a landmark case on same-sex marriage.
The ninth circuit US court of appeals on Tuesday declined to rehear arguments over Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, which the court invalidated in February .
The move sets the stage for what looks sure to be a contentious supreme court hearing that could come as early as this year.
Three judges dissented from the opinion and cited president Barack Obama's recent comments that he would like to see the debate over gay marriage continue "in a respectful way." The dissenters wrote: "Our court has …