Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Ruling on California's Prop 8 Coming Soon?

I was just emailed this news. Unfortunately, I can't find the link. Still, this may help right what went wrong last week.

California Gay Marriage Ban Ruling Expected Shortly
By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: November 11, 2008

Lynn Holton, a spokeswoman for the California Supreme Court, said she expects the court to rule as early as this week on a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate Proposition 8, the recently-passed constitutional amendment that yanks back the right of gays and lesbians to marry in California.

Pro-gay rights groups filed the motion on Wednesday, the day after the election, arguing that Prop 8 is invalid because it alters the constitution's "core commitment to equality for everyone by eliminating a fundamental right from just one group, lesbian and gay Californians."

To make such a radical change to the constitution would require the
approval of the legislature first, the pro-gay rights groups say.

Now I don't know if we'll actually get a final ruling this week. We may only see a decision on whether or not to issue an injunction to give the court more time to deliberate the immediate future of equal rights in California. Still, this is welcomed news for civil rights advocates everywhere.

The California Supreme Court does have a good record of standing up for LGBT rights. So hopefully, they'll go to bat for us again this time. Prop 8 was snuk onto the ballot to undo the equal rights provisions in the state constitution. But because it was not done properly as a constitutional revision, we may just see the damage undone soon.


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