Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Breaking: SF Chronicle Says CA Supreme Court Will Support Prop 8 Plaintiffs Standing

It seems like a no-brainer, but as California more and more resembles a one-party banana republic state, you never know. Here's the story from the San Francisco Chronicle:

09-06) 15:41 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court signaled today that it won't stand in the way of a showdown in federal court over the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

At a hearing in San Francisco, all seven justices, including newly confirmed Justice Goodwin Liu, appeared to agree with sponsors of the voter-approved Proposition 8 that they had the right to appeal a federal judge's decision declaring the 2008 ballot measure unconstitutional.

When Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in August 2010 that Prop. 8 violated the rights of gays and lesbians to marry their chosen partners, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to appeal. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then asked the state's highest court whether the initiative's sponsors, a conservative religious coalition called Protect Marriage, had the right to represent the state's interests in an appeal.

If the California court, the highest authority on the meaning of state law, concluded that only state officials could appeal Walker's ruling, the federal court probably would dismiss the appeal and allow same-sex couples to marry, at least until a county clerk or someone else affected by the change filed a new suit.

But the court left little doubt about its intentions at today's one-hour hearing.

"Is there any authority for the governor and attorney general to second-guess the majority of Californians?" asked Justice Ming Chin....

Read the whole thing.

The Proposition 8 legal team is totally outfunded by the oppostion. Give 'em some money!

You can donate here: http://www.protectmarriage.com/

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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