The California Supreme Court decided Thursday that the sponsors of Proposition 8 and other ballot measures are entitled to defend them in court when the state refuses to do so, a ruling likely to spur federal courts to decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.
The state high court’s decision, a defeat for gay rights groups, sets the stage for a federal ruling — which could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — that would affect marriage bans outside California.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering an appeal of a trial judge’s ruling that overturned Proposition 8, had asked the California court to clarify whether state law gives initiative sponsors standing, or legal authority, to defend their measures.
I am happy that the standing of Protect Marriage to defend Proposition 8 in the federal appeals court process was protected. Otherwise, my vote for Proposition 8 would have been worthless – as would the votes of millions of Californians.
Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris should be ashamed of themselves for trying to disenfranchise my vote.
Back to the Ninth Circuit and then ultimately to the United States Supreme Court.