Category: Gay Marriage

California Proposition 8 Sponsors Protect Marriage Legally Entitled to Defend Measure


So, ruled the California Supreme Court this morning.

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.


California Proposition 8 Will NOT Have Repeal Election in 2012


After all of the noise about repeal of Proposition 8 after its passage in 2008, there will be no repeal election in 2012. The initiative proposition is currently tied up in the federal appeals court. Most legal pundits expect the United States Supreme court will ultimately decide the issue.

A leading California gay rights group said today that it won’t seek to qualify a ballot initiative to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban in 2012.

Equality California had previously said it would try to reverse Proposition 8 during next year’s presidential election, saying high turnout among young voters could boost its chances of success.

But the group said today it has decided not to pursue what would “inevitably be a very expensive and difficult campaign” to overturn the 2008 voter-approved initiative.

With the ultimate fate of Proposition 8 still tied up in the courts, EQCA announced that instead of launching an initiative qualification drive it will back an outreach campaign to “overcome the psychological, cultural and emotional triggers” that lead to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Wedge issue elections of the variety of California’s Proposition 8 tend to alienate voters than affect any kind of policy change. However, the California Supreme Court forced the issue with their ridiculous opinion striking down a California statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

With other states passing laws that allow Gay Marriage, whereas the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits it, the incongruity will lead to a United States Supreme Court review – eventually.