The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Protect Marriage are cheering the Supreme Court's decision to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8, California's 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

In a blog post published shortly after the court announced its decision on Friday, John Eastman, chairman of NOM, called the decision a positive signal.

“We believe that it is significant that the Supreme Court has taken the Prop 8 case,” said Eastman. “We believe it is a strong signal that the Court will reverse the lower courts and uphold Proposition 8. That is the right outcome based on the law and based on the principle that voters hold the ultimate power over basic policy judgments and their decisions are entitled to respect.”

“Had the Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts' decisions invalidating Proposition 8, it could simply have declined to grant certiorari in the case,” Eastman added. “It's a strong signal that the justices are concerned with the rogue rulings that have come out of San Francisco at both the trial court and appellate levels. It's worth noting that Judge Reinhart is the most overruled judge in America. I think this case will add to his record.”

Also lauding the move was Protect Marriage, the group which intervened to defend the law in court after California officials refused.

“The day we've been waiting for is finally here,” the group said in a statement. “Today we scored a MAJOR victory for traditional marriage in the Supreme Court of the United States!! Just moments ago, the Supreme Court GRANTED our petition seeking the Court's review of the Ninth Circuit's erroneous decision striking down California's Proposition 8. Thankfully, now we finally have a fighting chance at a fair hearing to defend the votes of over 7 million Californians who approved Prop 8 to restore traditional marriage. This is a great relief, after a long and difficult journey through the lower courts where the deck was stacked against us from the start.”