[Marxism] Prop 8 Decision today
adambrichmond at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 4 10:28:10 MDT 2010
Judge Vaughn Walker is going to announce his decision today on the same sex marriage suit. The decision is expected to be announced mid afternoon in San Francisco according to one new source.
Bay Area Awaits Proposition 8 Ruling
Federal judge will rule Wednesday on state's same-sex marriage ban
After months of anticipation, a federal judge will release his
decision Wednesday in the closely watched court challenge to
California’s same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker
will decide whether Proposition 8, a voter-approved measure defining
marriage as a union between a man and a woman, violates the U.S.
The Bay Citizen will post Walker’s ruling immediately after it is
released—which will happen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday,
according to an announcement from the court.
Prop. 8 defenders filed a motion late Tuesday asking the judge to
block same-sex marriages, pending an appeal, if he strikes down the
“A stay is essential to averting the harms that would flow from
another purported window of same-sex marriage in California,” the Prop. 8
defense attorneys wrote in the motion.
Both sides have promised to appeal, and the case is considered likely to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
When the decision is issued, the legal opponents of Prop. 8 will hold
a press conference at The Bentley Reserve building at 301 Battery St.
in San Francisco. Supporters of gay marriage will also gather at 5 p.m.
at Harvey Milk Plaza at 18th and Castro streets in San Francisco and
march to City Hall.
A spokesperson for defenders of the law said that after the decision, their legal team will post a statement on the website protectmarriage.com.
The issue of gay marriage has been debated in California's Legislature, courts and voting booths for more than a decade.
Prop. 8 was the second state ballot initiative to prohibit gay
marriage. The first, Proposition 22, was approved in 2000, only to be
overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2008. In the months following
that decision, 18,000 gay and lesbian couples were wed, but soon after,
52 percent of California voters passed Prop. 8, amending the state
constitution and halting same-sex nuptials.
The case that Walker will decide Wednesday began in 2009, when two
couples who couldn’t marry because of Prop. 8 filed a federal lawsuit.
During a no-jury trial in January, experts testified on the meaning of
marriage. Afterwards, the judge reviewed evidence for several months
before hearing closing arguments on June 16.
Prop. 8 defense attorney Charles Cooper argued that marriage was a
procreative union that encouraged heterosexual families to raise
children together. Allowing gay couples to marry, he said, could have
unknowable effects, which California voters sought to prevent by passing
Prop. 8 opposing attorney Theodore B. Olsen argued that preventing
gay and lesbian couples from marrying harmed them and their families and
violated their rights. He said the law was discriminatory, and its
defenders hadn’t proved how it would hurt the institution of marriage.
The ruling will be made public on the U.S. District Court of Northern California’s website, and hard copies will also be available at federal courthouses in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.
The Bay Citizen will be reporting live on this landmark decision
Wednesday from press conferences and public events. The complete
coverage can be found at our Prop. 8 topic page, which features a timeline of important events related to gay marriage, opinions from Bay Area residents and more about Judge Vaughn Walker.
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