The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing homosexual marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from anti-gay activists. The top US court without comment turned down a petition from a group of residents seeking to put gay marriage to a city-wide referendum. The high court decision, a blow to anti-gay marriage interests, came as another high profile case on the legal status of same-sex marriage in California, churned through the US legal system. It was the second time the high court has rejected a challenge to the gay marriage law in the capital district, which along with Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont authorizes same-sex marriages. Earlier this month, A US federal appeals court asked California's top tribunal to help it rule on a challenge by opponents of same-sex marriages to the law in that state. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the question back to California's Supreme Court, asking it to rule on whether anti gay marriage campaigners have the right to challenge a decision last year legalizing gay unions. Supporters of so-called Prop 8 -- a 2008 referendum measure which banned gay marriage in California -- took their fight to the US federal court last month. Gay rights activists wanted the federal court to uphold a landmark ruling in August last year that overturned a ban on homosexual weddings in California. But the federal appeals court said Tuesday it could not decide the case, and sought advice from California on whether those bringing the action -- as opposed to California authorities -- had the legal right to do so.Source: AFP << Radiation Therapy Effective Against AIDS-related Head and N... Bolivia Defends Coca Leaf Chewing >> Recommended Reading Gay Marriage Ban Heads for Legal Battle in California as Judge Overturns Ban A federal judge has overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage, the opening salvo in a high-stakes legal battle expected to take years to resolve. READ MORE Gay Marriage Law Sanctioned by Argentine President Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner signed into law a historic bill that legalizes same-sex marriage for the first time in Latin America. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Donation - Recipients Hearing Loss Calculator Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?