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The National Organization for Marriage is planning to file for bankruptcy protection in California over its efforts to defeat a proposed marriage amendment that would have legalized same-sex marriage.
The filing Friday is the latest development in a long-running battle that has drawn national attention, including from a major media outlet, and led to a number of court battles.
The suit, filed by the NOM, is being supported by the California-based Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, an LGBT rights group that describes itself as “a national organization dedicated to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
In addition to challenging the amendment, the NAM also argues that the amendment violates the California Constitution and is unconstitutional on its face.
The California Supreme Court, which will hear the case next month, has scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 16.
The court has refused to hear the Noms case.
The NOM filed the lawsuit in 2014 on behalf of gay couples in California, arguing that Proposition 8, which prohibited same-gender marriage in California for decades, violated their constitutional rights to privacy, equal protection and due process.
The gay rights group also argued that the state’s Supreme Court had no jurisdiction over California, which does not recognize same-year marriage or same-day adoption.
The state Supreme Court in 2014 ruled that the California constitution is not a bar to marriage equality.
The Supreme Court has declined to hear Noms lawsuit.
The ruling was appealed by the gay rights groups to the California Court of Appeal, which heard oral arguments on Jan. 11.
The Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling and sent the case back to the state Supreme.
It then sent it back to state appellate court, where the state has since heard arguments on whether the California Supreme has jurisdiction.
The appellate court last week also rejected Noms challenge to the law.
The decision was expected to be released soon.
The law, which passed with 55 percent of the vote in November, allowed same-date marriage but prohibited gay couples from adopting children in that state.
The two sides are still working out the final details of a final compromise that could be filed before the end of the year, according to NOM spokesman Michael Weinstein.
California is one of only a few states that does not allow same-age marriages.
Prop 8’s supporters in the state argued that California was a special case and argued that other states with similar laws are not in a position to protect gay and lesbian couples from discrimination.
In a statement, the state Department of Justice defended the law and said it will defend it to the end.
“The California Constitution protects a fundamental right for everyone to marry the person they love, and we continue to vigorously enforce the law as we work to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians,” the department said in a statement.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that same-month marriage is constitutional in California.
The American Civil Liberties Union of California said in its filing with the California courts that “the NOM’s argument that California’s same-term marriage ban is unconstitutional is based on a false premise.”
The California Civil Rights Commission, which enforces the state constitution, declined to comment on the Nomes case.
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