Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Prop 8 Update



October 1st? June 2013?

The possible end of California Prop 8 is in our sites. Currently, the case is in the hands of the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Sept 25th, the case was not listed as a case the Supreme Court will be hearing, but it was also not listed as a case they won't be hearing. This means we may know as soon as October 1st if the court decides not to hear the case.

Here are more details, and possible outcomes, courtesy www.afer.org (American Foundation for Equal Rights)

Proposition 8 has been ruled unconstitutional twice. The federal District Court and Ninth Circuit both ruled that there is no legitimate reason to deny gay and lesbian couples the fundamental freedom to marry in California. Now AFER’s federal constitutional challenge is in its final stage.

After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to rehear the Perry case, the Prop. 8 Proponents asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review, known as petition for a writ of certiorari, and reverse the Ninth’s Circuit’s decision.
What’s Next
  1. If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear our case for marriage equality, the announcement can come as early as September 25. AFER’s distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies will file written briefs and present oral argument in the spring. A final decision would likely be issued by June 2013.
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  3. If the Court decides not to hear our case, the announcement could come as early as October 1. The Ninth Circuit decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional will be made permanent, with marriages starting as soon as the Ninth Circuit issues its mandate, likely within several days after the Supreme Court denies review.
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