California Supreme Court to Announce Tuesday Validity of Prop 8

Friday, May 22, 2009


The California Supreme Court will announce its decision Tuesday on the validity of a voter-approved ban on gay marriage called Proposition 8.

A decision will end months of speculation over whether gay couples can resume marrying in the largest state in the country.

The high court announced the pending opinion on its website Friday morning.

Gay rights groups and our supporters have scheduled marches throughout California for Tuesday evening which will either be celebratory if the court rules in favor of gay marriage equality or in protest if Proposition 8 is upheld.

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16 Responses to California Supreme Court to Announce Tuesday Validity of Prop 8

  1. I really hope they declare the proposition invalid. It is truly just spreading hatred when so many areas are making progress.

  2. DMason says:

    Where have you been all day? I thought you and Jim had gone away for the weekend. I have a bad feeling about the ruling. When SF Mayor Newson asked for a delay until Tuesday so to not fall on the 30th anniversary of Harvey Milk’s assassination, I presumed the news is bad.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    I think David is correct. The request for the delay bodes badly in my mind. Were the news good, the announcement today would’ve off-set the marking of Harvey Milk’s murder. I hope I’m just being superstitious.

  4. Randy Arroyo says:

    Tuesday may be the start of WW III here in California. If the justices uphold bigotry, they should be prepared for hell because hell is what they will get.

  5. panasit (the Original) says:

    I am not a lawyer but my thinking is the Supreme Court of California will probably uphold Prop 8 as flawed as it is, under the argument that to do anything else would be to reverse the will of the voters.

    This argument, unfortunately, means the state of California could pass a proposition outlawing marriage between short men and tall women and if appealed, the Supreme Court of California would uphold it too, not wanting to reverse the will of the people.

    An argument can be made that this is what can happen when you have a proposition system to amend and change a state constitution. A free-for-all can ensue. Sorting out the aftermath falls to the High Court and one side is bound to disagree.

    Gay marriage supporters, if the court sides with the citizen homophobes, will need to regroup and take the issue to the ballot again and devise a way to overturn the misguided pro-Prop 8 ruling. Fair and just minded Californians will one day recognize gay marriage equality just as the states of Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine have.

  6. I would be less than honest if I didn’t say I am very anxious about Tuesday.

    Like David pointed out, when Mayor Gavin Newsom asked the court to delay announcing their decision, I felt a chill go down my spine.

    I am dreading Tuesday.

  7. Ed says:

    The only problem with putting the issue back on the ballot again is that it will surely lose. Civil rights issues ALWAYS loose at the ballot box. You think the reich won’t devise new commercials showing the protests and anger at the time prop. 8 was passed? You think with their money and power of pursuasion at those fucking mega churches that they won’t mobilize again? This has to be decided by the courts! There is no other recourse. I for one am not going to get involved with yet another loosing campaign where the ‘leadership’ didn’t have the balls to show what would happen to couples if this thing passed. No other civil rights issue has ever been successful with out some kind of armed struggle.

  8. retahyajyajav says:

    The lawyers who argued against Proposition 8 said it violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution.

    I’m not a lawyer either but this makes sense to me as a layman.

    If the CA Supreme upholds it, then Ken Starr and the Mormon Church win and it’s time for war.

  9. Prairiedog says:

    Fingers crossed.

    Lets hope the CA court gets it right and strikes down this terrible proposition!

  10. bradfrmphnx says:

    Hope for the best. But remember…when you keep chipping away at the armour of prejudice and discrimination, the body of justice and equitableness is eventually revealed.

  11. Joeyblowey says:

    Sad next they will outlaw male abortion

  12. Mauigirl says:

    Fingers are crossed – am really nervous about this. Hoping for the best.

  13. feminazi says:

    I learned long ago to never try to figure out how a Supreme Court will rule. Sometimes, a High Court goes the way I like and agree with while other times, a ruling comes along that is so peculiar that I’m left wondering if any of the justices went to law school.

  14. mbmdl says:

    I’ve dreaded this day. I knew it was coming but if the court sides with the homophobes, I am worried we will be all out war erupt and you know what? I won’t blame the gay community. Enough is enough.

  15. no matter the decision – can this be taken to the supreme court of the US? (which you bet they will not hear)

  16. Our response will send a message to America – Will we be Rioting or Dancing in the Streets?

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