Supreme Court rejects California marriage equality petition

The Supreme Court rejected California’s same-sex marriage petition on Monday, rejecting an appeal from the state.

Justice Samuel Alito dissented from the 4-3 decision, arguing the court should not allow the issue to be brought to the high court in order to determine whether the law is constitutional.

Alito wrote that he was concerned that a lower court’s decision to reject the petition could open the door to other challenges to California’s gay marriage law.

The ruling came two weeks after California voters approved a measure that allows same-day same-sport licenses for gay couples.

The measure, which also included a constitutional amendment, faces a legal challenge from opponents, who say the law violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.