Will Gay Marriage Ban Efforts Pay Off in California?

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments today on Prop. 8 supporters' right to appeal the ruling against the ban on gay marriage.

Today the California Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether or not the sponsors of Proposition 8 are entitled to appeal the ruling that overturned the ban on same-sex marriage in California.

Prop. 8 was challenged by two same-sex couples, and state officials refused to defend it. The law's supporter Protectmarriage.com was allowed to defend it in court by Judge Vaughn Walker. Walker then ruled that the ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

Supporters of Prop. 8 have since appealed this ruling, but their legal standing to defend Prop. 8 is now being challenged. According to Southern California Public Radio, the attorney for the gay couples who challenge Prop. 8, Theodore Boutrous, says, "To bring an appeal, you have to show that you are injured."

Boutrous argues that Prop. 8’s defenders have yet to show how allowing gays to marry in California hurts anyone. 

According to the L.A. Times, protectmarriage.com could lose its standing under federal law if it loses in the State Supreme Court.

Andy Pugno, attorney for Prop. 8, is quoted in an SCPR article, saying, "It really is just an absurd result that you can have the people trying to exercise this fundamental right to pass laws themselves but then the governor and the attorney general can veto that by just refusing to defend it in court."

Each side will present arguments during the hearing today. The court will rule 90 days after arguments are presented.

Rebecca Goddard September 14, 2011 at 04:49 AM
The Gay wedding registry alone has a lot of power to save the economy. Can you imagine the stuff they'd register for ????
Dan Avery September 14, 2011 at 08:32 PM
The majority of gays are white men with excellent jobs and no kids. That means tons of disposable income. That is why Allstate sends a delegation to the GLAD and LGBTA awards each year in LA. Last year I attended the LGBTA awards in my very best outfit and I registered somewhere around "raw sewage" on the sartorial index. And I was even wearing very festive orange socks! Plus the bride's dress a gay man would buy would make those young women today seem like they're squandered their parents money at Target's bridal section. :) These are, of course, horrid stereotypes and we should stop. But your comment was funny and very unlike you, so I was inspired. Have fun, Rebecca.
Rebecca Goddard September 14, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I love the gays, and the gays love me. I'm not stereotyping anything, ask a gay what they would register for, it will be one of the most fun conversations you'll have. They have no limits.
Dan Avery September 15, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Rebecca stereotype always have a grain of truth and that's what makes them so dangerous. That said, I did think your comment was funny. And from what I've noticed gay men tend to love outspoken women like yourself. They love my wife for that reason. And I'm sure you're right about the conversation. My younger brother and his lover have had a lot of laughs over what weddings would look like if gay people actually boycotted the process until they were allowed to marry. Try that one with your friends. :)
Rebecca Goddard September 15, 2011 at 03:01 AM
When we bought this house 8 years ago, my cousin and his partner of 30 years came over, to as they say "give it the Liberace". Never in my life did I laugh so hard as I did when I saw my husbands face of shock and awe at their decorating talents.


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