The attempt by anti-democratic forces to deny Californians the right to vote on Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in the state, was squashed Wednesday by the state Supreme Court, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Californians will get to vote in November on a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday.

In a unanimous order, without comment, the court dismissed a lawsuit by gay rights advocates seeking to remove an initiative sponsored by conservative religious groups from the Nov. 4 ballot. The measure, Proposition 8, would overturn the court’s 4-3 ruling May 15 that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in California.

The lawsuit against Prop. 8 argued that the one-sentence initiative was actually a broad attack on basic rights recognized by the court – a measure that would simultaneously deprive one group of fundamental freedoms by majority vote and strip the courts of their ability to enforce constitutional guarantees.

Although its backers call it a constitutional amendment, Prop. 8 is actually a constitutional revision, the suit contended. A revision must be submitted to the voters by a two-thirds majority of the state Legislature.

The suit was “a desperate effort to keep the amendment away from the democratic process,” said attorney Glen Lavy of the Alliance Defense Fund, which represents sponsors of Prop. 8.

A spokesman for the Alliance Defense Fund added this:

“Equality California and its allies were desperate to evade the democratic process. They already used the courts to erase the votes of nearly 5 million Californians who voted to protect marriage. We’re pleased the court did not allow them to silence the people’s voice this November as well,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum. “The opponents of marriage have proven that they are willing to use any means necessary to impose their will.”

It’s good to know that there’s still at least some small measure of sanity left in the California Supreme Court. Of course, it would also be nice to know 1) what they plan to tell those gay couples who get married what will happen if the initiative passes, and 2) whether they have any intention of letting Prop. 8 from ever going into effect, if it is passed. But I guess you can’t have everything.