Ok, I couldn’t find a snazzy graphic or avoid the snark in the headline. In short the US Supreme Court has ruled that the lower courts initial ruling holding Prop 8 as unconstitutional will be upheld as the petitioners in support of it weren’t the proper entities to appeal and bring the case to them. Got that readers digest version of the events that made same sex marriage legal again in CA?
When the ruling was read this morning Gov Brown stepped up and ordered the various county clerks offices to begin issuing marriage licenses again with the CAVEAT that nothing can happen until the circuit court removes the stay on that order. (The stay was put in place pending this appeal when the lower court ruled Prop 8 was unconstitutional a few years ago). It could happen in hours (most likely outcome) or days (least likely and for some of my friends I really hope that is not the case).
To read the LA County Registrars and Clerk’s office statement on the topic you have to make the jump. Continue reading LA County Clerks office issues statement RE Prop(H)8
The LA Times is reporting that Judge Walker has ruled that Prop 8 which sought to remove the right to marry same sex couples was unconstitutional. In his words regarding the trial “…Proposition 8 ‘fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples…'”
Appeals are anticipated but it is interesting to note that the pro-8 folks felt the ruling would be against their interests and filed a motion to prevent the contents of the ruling from being released. They lost that motion and now the judges ruling will be used as a basis in coming appeals that may end in the Federal Supreme Court.
Rallies are planned tonight across the metro area and country for that matter. Our local ones:
West Hollywood: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
West Hollywood Park
647 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
Recommended Entrance on San Vicente Blvd
Parking:Pacific Design Center – 8687 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles: downtown at Olvera Street at 8:00pm
Rancho Cucamonga: 8/4, Rally After Prop 8 Decision Announced, Day Creek/Foothill Blvd, 11 PM.
These locations were as of last night. If you know of any additional locations or changes in time please drop a note in the comments.