February 16, 2011

Cal Supremes will hear Prop 8 standing case

By Cal Supremes will hear Prop 8 standing case

Author:  Damien M. Schiff

Today the California Supreme Court voted unanimously to accept the certified question from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals about whether the official sponsors of Proposition 8, a voter-approved initiative that effectively banned same-sex marriage, have the right to defend that measure's legal validity in federal court when the state officials charged with its enforcement deline to defend it.  PLF filed an amicus letter on behalf of several individuals and groups who had successfully sponsored initiatives in the past.  The amicus letter urged the court to accept the question, which goes to the heart of the California initiative process.

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