By: Terry Colberg

The Supreme Court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, dismissed Hollingsworth v. Perry due to lack of standing.

The Court holds that the private parties litigating the issue did not have standing to appeal the district court decision. The case is being remanded to the Ninth Circuit to dismiss for lack of standing. This will result in the restoration of the district court’s opinion that Prop. 8 unconstitutionally violated due process and equal protection.

Here is the opinion by the Court (PDF).

Update: SCOTUSblog has a “plain English” explanation of the decision.

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he will direct county clerks to begin granting marriage licenses as soon as the Ninth Circuit carries out the order of the Supreme Court and lifts its judicial stay (a temporary hold).