With the judges split into unusual voting blocs, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an 8-3 ruling (pdf) in an Establishment Clause case that is thought to be prime for Supreme Court review.

A majority of judges, for differing reasons, rejected a suit by a Catholic group against the city of San Francisco over a 2003 resolution the city passed denouncing the church’s ban on gay adoptions.

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